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Title: Numerical simulation to study the transient self focusing of laser beam in plasma

In this paper, we present the numerical simulation for the coupled system of equations governing the dynamics of laser and Ion Acoustic Wave (IAW) in a collisionless plasma, when the coupling between the waves is through ponderomotive non-linearity. The nonlinear evolution of the laser beam is studied when the pump laser is perturbed by a periodic perturbation. By changing the perturbation wave number, we have studied its effect on the nonlinear evolution pattern of laser beam. In order to have a physical insight into the nonlinear dynamics of laser beam evolution in time and space, we have studied the laser and IAW spectra containing spatial harmonics. The magnitude of these harmonics changes with time and leads to time dependent localization of laser beam in spatial domain. The nonlinear dynamics of this localization is investigated in detail by using simulation and a semi-analytical model.
Authors:
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  1. Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22408060
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; COLLISIONLESS PLASMA; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DISTURBANCES; DYNAMICS; EQUATIONS; FOCUSING; LASER RADIATION; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PERIODICITY; PHOTON BEAMS; PONDEROMOTIVE FORCE; PUMPING; SOUND WAVES; SPACE DEPENDENCE; SPECTRA; TIME DEPENDENCE