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Physics of colliding laser pulses in underdense plasmas


We report on recent experimental results on electron acceleration using two counter-propagating ultrashort and ultraintense laser pulses. At the collision, the two pulses drive a standing wave which is able to pre-accelerate plasma electrons which can then be trapped in the plasma wave. Optical diagnostics of the collision reveal signatures of this standing wave. Electron acceleration results in this regime are reviewed: the use of colliding pulses enables the generation of stable, tunable and high quality electron beams at the 100–200 MeV level. Detailed comparisons with 3D Particle in Cell (PIC) simulations give deeper insight on the role of the nonlinear propagation of the pump pulse on the performance of the accelerator. This deeper understanding has allowed us to optimize the beam charge of the accelerator at high energy.

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hal-00498525 , version 1 (07-07-2010)



Jérôme Faure, Clément Rechatin, Ahmed Ben-Ismaïl, Jaeku Lim, Xavier Davoine, et al.. Physics of colliding laser pulses in underdense plasmas. Comptes Rendus. Physique, 2009, 10 (2-3), pp.148-158. ⟨10.1016/j.crhy.2009.03.006⟩. ⟨hal-00498525⟩
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