TITLE

Laser prepulse induced plasma channel formation in air and relativistic self focusing of an intense short pulse

AUTHOR(S)
Kumar, Ashok; Dahiya, Deepak; Sharma, A. K.
PUB. DATE
February 2011
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Feb2011, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p023102
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
An analytical formalism is developed and particle-in-cell simulations are carried out to study plasma channel formation in air by a two pulse technique and subsequent relativistic self focusing of the third intense laser through it. The first prepulse causes tunnel ionization of air. The second pulse heats the plasma electrons and establishes a prolonged channel. The third pulse focuses under the combined effect of density nonuniformity of the channel and relativistic mass nonlinearity. A channel with 20% density variation over the spot size of the third pulse is seen to strongly influence relativistic self focusing at normalized laser amplitude ∼0.4-1. In deeper plasma channels, self focusing is less sensitive to laser amplitude variation. These results are reproduced in particle-in-cell simulations. The present treatment is valid for millimeter range plasma channels.
ACCESSION #
58700674

 

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