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Stochastic heating and acceleration of electrons in colliding laser fields in plasma

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Meyer-ter-Vehn,  J.
Laboratory for Attosecond Physics, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Max Planck Society;
Laser Plasma Physics, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Max Planck Society;

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Sheng, Z. M., Mima, K., Sentoku, Y., Jovanovic, M. S., Taguchi, T., Zhang, J., et al. (2002). Stochastic heating and acceleration of electrons in colliding laser fields in plasma. Physical Review Letters, 88(5): 055004. 055004. Retrieved from http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v88/e055004.


Zitierlink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-C251-6
Zusammenfassung
We propose a mechanism that leads to efficient acceleration of electrons in plasma by two counterpropagating laser pulses. It is triggered by stochastic motion of electrons when the laser fields exceed some threshold amplitudes, as found in single- electron dynamics. It is further confirmed in particle-in-cell simulations. In vacuum or tenuous plasma, electron acceleration in the case with two colliding laser pulses can be much more efficient than with one laser pulse only. In plasma at moderate densities, such as a few percent of the critical density, the amplitude of the Raman-backscattered wave is high enough to serve as the second counterpropagating pulse to trigger the electron stochastic motion. As a result, even with one intense laser pulse only, electrons can be heated up to a temperature much higher than the corresponding laser ponderomotive potential.