Physical Mechanisms for Laser-Plasma Parametric Instabilities

  • Francis F. Chen


During the past year, there has been a profusion of theoretical results concerning parametric instabilities, anomalous back-scattering, and other nonlinear interactions expected to occur at the large laser intensities needed to achieve fusion. It is often difficult for the experimentalist to gain an intuitive grasp of the important physical mechanisms involved. Fortunately, most of these phenomena are generalized parametric instabilities which can be explained, both qualitatively and quantitatively, by simple physical descriptions involving the ponderomotive force.


Plasma Wave Density Perturbation Parametric Instability Stimulate Brillouin Scattering Ponderomotive Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis F. Chen
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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