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Title: Propagation of intense laser pulses in strongly magnetized plasmas

Propagation of intense circularly polarized laser pulses in strongly magnetized inhomogeneous plasmas is investigated. It is shown that a left-hand circularly polarized laser pulse propagating up the density gradient of the plasma along the magnetic field is reflected at the left-cutoff density. However, a right-hand circularly polarized laser can penetrate up the density gradient deep into the plasma without cutoff or resonance and turbulently heat the electrons trapped in its wake. Results from particle-in-cell simulations are in good agreement with that from the theory.
Authors:
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  1. College of Science, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)
  2. Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China)
  3. School of Computer Science, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)
  4. Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)
  5. (Germany)
  6. School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22412543
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 22; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; INHOMOGENEOUS PLASMA; LASERS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PULSES; SIMULATION; TRAPPING