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Title: Second harmonic generation by self-focusing of intense hollow Gaussian laser beam in collisionless plasma

The effect of self focused hollow Gaussian laser beam (HGLB) (carrying null intensity in center) on the excitation of electron plasma wave (EPW) and second harmonic generation (SHG) has been investigated in collisionless plasma, where relativistic-ponderomotive and only relativistic nonlinearities are operative. The relativistic change of electron mass and the modification of the background electron density due to ponderomotive nonlinearity lead to self-focusing of HGLB in plasma. Paraxial ray theory has been used to derive coupled equations for the self focusing of HGLB in plasma, generation of EPW, and second harmonic. These coupled equations are solved analytically and numerically to study the laser intensity in the plasma, electric field associated with the excited EPW, and the power of SHG. Second harmonic emission is generated due to nonlinear coupling between incident HGLB and EPW satisfying the proper phase matching conditions. The results show that the effect of including the ponderomotive nonlinearity is significant on the generation of EPW and second harmonic. The electric field associated with EPW and the power of SHG are found to be highly sensitive to the order of the hollow Gaussian beam.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Laser Plasma Computational Laboratory, Department of Physics, DAV PG College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand-248001 (India)
  2. Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand-248007 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493837
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2016 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; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRON DENSITY; ELECTRON PLASMA WAVES; ELECTRONS; EXCITATION; FOCUSING; HARMONIC GENERATION; LASER RADIATION; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PONDEROMOTIVE FORCE; RELATIVISTIC RANGE