Flying mirror model for interaction of a super-intense nonadiabatic laser pulse with a thin plasma layer: Dynamics of electrons in a linearly polarized external field
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- Flying mirror model for interaction of a super-intense nonadiabatic laser pulse with a thin plasma layer: Dynamics of electrons in a linearly polarized external field
- Kulagin, Victor V.; Cherepenin, Vladimir A.; Hur, Min Sup; Suk, Hyyong
- OVERDENSE PLASMAS; FOIL; ACCELERATION; GENERATION; RADIATION; TRANSPARENCY; IONIZATION; LIGHT
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- AMER INST PHYSICS
- PHYSICS OF PLASMAS, v.14, no.11, pp.1 - 10
- Interaction of a high-power laser pulse having a sharp front with a thin plasma layer is considered. General one-dimensional numerical-analytical model is elaborated, in which the plasma layer is represented as a large collection of electron sheets, and a radiation reaction force is derived analytically. Using this model, trajectories of the electrons of the plasma layer are calculated numerically and compared with the electron trajectories obtained in particle-in-cell simulations, and a good agreement is found. Two simplified analytical models are considered, in which only one electron sheet is used, and it moves transversely and longitudinally in the fields of an ion sheet and a laser pulse (longitudinal displacements along the laser beam axis can be considerably larger than the laser wavelength). In the model I, a radiation reaction is included self-consistently, while in the model II a radiation reaction force is omitted. For the two models, analytical solutions for the dynamical parameters of the electron sheet in a linearly polarized laser pulse are derived and compared with the numerical solutions for the central electron sheet (positioned initially in the center) of the real plasma layer, which are calculated from the general numerical-analytical model. This comparison shows that the model II gives better description for the trajectory of the central electron sheet of the real plasma layer, while the model I gives more adequate description for a transverse momentum. Both models show that if the intensity of the laser pulse is high enough, even in the field with a constant amplitude, the electrons undergo not only the transverse oscillations with the period of the laser field, but also large (in comparison with the laser wavelength) longitudinal oscillations with the period, defined by the system parameters and initial conditions of particular oscillation.
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