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JETP Letters

, Volume 102, Issue 3, pp 148–153 | Cite as

Generation of current sheets and giant quasistatic magnetic fields at the ionization of vacuum in extremely strong light fields

  • A. A. MuravievEmail author
  • S. I. Bastrakov
  • A. V. Bashinov
  • A. A. Gonoskov
  • E. S. Efimenko
  • A. V. Kim
  • I. B. Meyerov
  • A. M. Sergeev
Plasma, Hydro- and Gas Dynamics

Abstract

The self-consistent dynamics of an electron–positron plasma, which is formed during the generation of quantum-electrodynamic cascades, in a superstrong field of counterpropagating linearly polarized waves is examined. It is shown that the formation of thin (on a wavelength scale) current sheets which generate quasistatic magnetic fields comparable to the corresponding fields of incident waves plays an important role in the dynamics of a cascade for fields above a certain threshold. The fraction of the laser energy transformed into the energy of quasistatic magnetic fields can exceed 20%.

Keywords

Incident Wave Current Sheet JETP Letter Static Magnetic Field Plasma Sheet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Muraviev
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • S. I. Bastrakov
    • 2
  • A. V. Bashinov
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. A. Gonoskov
    • 1
    • 3
  • E. S. Efimenko
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. V. Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. B. Meyerov
    • 2
  • A. M. Sergeev
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Nizhny Novgorod State UniversityNizhny NovgorodRussia
  3. 3.Department of Applied PhysicsChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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