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Title: Multi-dimensional dynamics of stimulated Brillouin scattering in a laser speckle: Ion acoustic wave bowing, breakup, and laser-seeded two-ion-wave decay

Two- and three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of stimulated Brillouin scattering(SBS) in laser speckle geometry have been analyzed to evaluate the relative importance of competing nonlinear processes in the evolution and saturation of SBS. It is found that ion-trapping-induced wavefront bowing and breakup of ion acoustic waves(IAW) and the associated side-loss of trapped ions dominate electron-trapping-induced IAW wavefront bowing and breakup, as well as the two-ion-wave decay instability over a range of ZT e/T i conditions and incident laser intensities. In the simulations, the latter instability does not govern the nonlinear saturation of SBS; however, evidence of two-ion-wave decay is seen, appearing as a modulation of the ion acoustic wavefronts. This modulation is periodic in the laser polarization plane, anti-symmetric across the speckle axis, and of a wavenumber matching that of the incident laser pulse. Furthermore, a simple analytic model is provided for how spatial “imprinting” from a high frequency inhomogeneity (in this case, the density modulation from the laser) in an unstable system with continuum eigenmodes can selectively amplify modes with wavenumbers that match that of the inhomogeneity.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X; PHPAEN
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Physics of Plasmas
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Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; laser plasma instability; VPIC; stimulated Brillouin scattering; electrostatic waves; speckle; polarization; nonlinear dynamics
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OSTI ID: 1258443; OSTI ID: 1349319