Transition between Raman and Compton regimes in laser pulse amplification

R. A. Cairns

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Amplification of a short laser pulse by means of its interaction with a counter-propagating long pulse in a plasma has been suggested as a way of reaching high intensities. Two regimes have been discussed in the literature. The first is the Raman regime, where the process is backward Raman scattering, described by the standard equations for resonant three-wave coupling, while the second is the Corn p ton regime, in which electron dynamics is dominated by the ponderomotive force generated by the high-frequency wave, and electrons behave as single particles rather than producing a Langmuir wave. Our aim here is to use a simple model of electron dynamics to investigate the transition between these regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-401
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2010




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