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The Nonlinear Force of Electrodynamic Laser-Plasma Interaction

  • Heinrich Hora

Abstract

At high laser intensities the interaction with plasmas generates electrodynamic forces of a nonlinear type, where the dielectric plasma properties can generate explosions with 100 and more times the radiation pressure. The complexity of the derivation of this force is described and analytical and numerical results are reviewed. Some problems are explained. From the numerical results, which are experimentally confirmed (by Wong and Stenzel) of low entropy transfer of optical energy into fast moving thick plasma layers without remarkable increase of the temperature. The use of high efficiency compression of laser irradiated spherical plasmas for exothermal nuclear reactions is described, showing a great improvement on the reaction gains compared with the thermokinetic compression schemes.

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Laser Energy Standing Wave Density Profile Laser Intensity Hollow Sphere 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinrich Hora
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  1. 1.Hartford Graduate Center (Rensselaer Polytech. Inst.)HartfordUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Theoretical PhysicsThe University of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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