At present, as is well known, the laser is capable of applying energy to a substance at an unprecedentedly rapid rate. The presently attainable flux densities are ~1016 W/cm2 when nanosecond pulses are used [91] and ~1017 W/cm2 in the mode-locking regime [92]. At such high intensities, the radiation can be absorbed in the substance both as a result of the ordinary inverse bremsstrahlung process and as a result of different nonlinear mechanisms such as parametric instability, stimulated Compton scattering, etc. An investigation of processes of this type is undoubtedly of great interest, since there are practically no reliable experimental data at present on these questions.


Plasma Focus Solid Target Relativistic Electron Beam Reliable Experimental Data Plasma Density Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. G. Basov
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  1. 1.P. N. Lebedev Physics InstituteAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowUSSR

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