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Nonlocal effects in the self-consistent nonlinear 3D propagation of an ultrastrong, femtosecond laser pulse in plasmas

  • D. JovanovićEmail author
  • R. FedeleEmail author
  • F. TanjiaEmail author
  • S. De NicolaEmail author
  • L. A. GizziEmail author
Regular Article

Abstract

A theoretical investigation of the interaction of an ultra-strong and ultra-short laser pulse with unmagnetized plasma is carried out and applied to the specifications of the Ti:Sa Frascati Laser for Acceleration and Multidisciplinary Experiments (FLAME). The analysis is based on the Lorentz-Maxwell fluid model in the fully relativistic regime taking the pancake approximation. The mathematical model yields Zakharov-like equations, which gives a satisfactory description of a wide range of laser-plasma acceleration configurations. It is shown that the pancake structure is unstable in two dimensions (2D) but the collapse occurs over a distance much longer than the typical active plasma length.

Keywords

Ultraintense and Ultra-short Laser Fields 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze FisicheUniversità di Napoli “Federico II” and INFN Sezione di Napoli, Complesso Universitario di M.S. AngeloNapoliItaly
  3. 3.Scuola di Dottorato in Scienze FisicheUniversità di Napoli “Federico II” and INFN Sezione di Napoli, Complesso Universitario di M.S. AngeloNapoliItaly
  4. 4.Istituto Nazionale di Ottica - CNR, Pozzuoli, Italy and INFN Sezione di NapoliComplesso Universitario di M.S. AngeloNapoliItaly
  5. 5.Istituto Nazionale di Ottica - CNR, Pisa, Italy and INFN Sezione di PisaILILPisaItaly

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