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PIC simulation of scattering and absorption of an ultraintense short-pulse laser in a finite-size plasma

13 Jul 2016, 12:15


Dr Ameneh Kargarian (Kharazmi University)

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The scattering and absorption of an intense, short-pulse laser in a relativistic under-dense plasma is investigated applying a fully kinetic 1D-3V particle-in-cell simulation code. The nonlinear phenomena related to the propagation of laser pulse in a finite-size under-dense plasma such as absorption and scattering have been studied in details. The results show that the laser pulse is depleted by the wake excitation at low plasma densities and the maximum laser absorption occurs at the phase-mixing time. We have expressed the explicit reasons for the anomalous behavior of the laser absorption rate in both magnetized and un-magnetized finite-size plasma. Studying the kinetic results associated with the distribution function of plasma electrons shows that in a special range of the plasma and laser parameters a large amount of laser energy is transferred to electrons to produce energetic electrons with bulk velocity in the laser direction. The obtained results in this paper have direct relevance to recent experiments on the intense laser–plasma interactions with applications to the particle acceleration, high energy particle production as well as the fast ignition concept.

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Dr Ameneh Kargarian (Kharazmi University)


Dr Ali Hasanbeigi (Kharazmi University) Prof. Hassan Mehdian (Kharazmi University) Dr Kamal Hajisharifi (Kharazmi University)

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