TITLE

Spatially autoresonant stimulated Raman scattering in inhomogeneous plasmas in the kinetic regime

AUTHOR(S)
Chapman, T.; Hüller, S.; Masson-Laborde, P. E.; Rozmus, W.; Pesme, D.
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Dec2010, Vol. 17 Issue 12, p122317
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The impact of spatial autoresonance on backward stimulated Raman scattering in inhomogeneous plasmas is investigated in the regime where the dominant nonlinear frequency shift of the Langmuir wave is due to kinetic effects. By numerically solving the coupled mode equations, the spatial growth of the Langmuir wave is observed to self-adjust so as to cancel the detuning from resonance due to inhomogeneity, giving rise to phase-locked solutions to the electron plasma wave equation. For a single resonant point in a linear density profile, the envelope of the electron plasma wave is characterized by a growth that begins at the resonant point and is proportional to the square of distance propagated. In the more physical case where the scattered light is seeded with a broadband noise, autoresonance may lead to a reflectivity well above the level predicted by the usual Rosenbluth gain factor [M. N. Rosenbluth, Phys. Rev. Lett. 29, 565 (1972)].
ACCESSION #
56912026

 

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