Interaction of relativistically strong electromagnetic waves with a layer of overdense plasma
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- Korzhimanov, A.V., Eremin, V.I., Kim, A.V. et al. J. Exp. Theor. Phys. (2007) 105: 675. doi:10.1134/S1063776107100019
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Plasma-field structures that arise under the interaction between a relativistically strong electromagnetic wave and a layer of overdense plasma are considered within a quasistationary approximation. It is shown that, together with known solutions, which are nonlinear generalizations of skin-layer solutions, multilayer structures containing cavitation regions with completely removed electrons (ion layers) can be excited when the amplitude of the incident field exceeds a certain threshold value. Under symmetric irradiation, these cavitation regions, which play the role of self-consistent resonators, may amplify the field and accumulate electromagnetic energy.