The results of an analytical description and of a particle-in-cell simulation of the interaction of an ultrashort, relativistically intense laser pulse, obliquely incident on a nonuniform overdense plasma, are presented and several novel features are identified. The absorption and reflection of the ultraintense electromagnetic laser radiation from a sharp-boundary plasma, high harmonic generation, and the transformation into low-frequency radiation are discussed. In the case of weak plasma nonuniformity the excitation of nonlinear Langmuir oscillations in the plasma resonance region and the resulting electron acceleration are investigated. The vacuum heating of the electrons and the self-intersection of the electron trajectories are also studied. In the case of a sharp-boundary plasma, part of the energy of the laser pulse is found to be converted into a localized, relativistically strong, nonlinear electromagnetic pulse propagating into the plasma. The expansion of the hot electron cloud into the vacuum region and the action of the ponderomotive force of the laser pulse in the localized longitudinal electric field of the Langmuir oscillations lead to ion acceleration. The energy increase of a minority population of multicharged ions is found to be much greater than that of the ambient ions.
|Autori interni:||PEGORARO, FRANCESCO|
|Autori:||BULANOV SV; NAUMOVA NM; PEGORARO F|
|Titolo:||INTERACTION OF AN ULTRASHORT, RELATIVISTICALLY STRONG LASER-PULSE WITH AN OVERDENSE PLASMA|
|Anno del prodotto:||1994|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1063/1.870766|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|