Analysis of coherent Thomson scattering from a low temperature plasma

Mikhail Mokrov, Mikhail N. Shneider, Alexandros Gerakis

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The spectrum of coherent Thomson scattering (CTS) induced by a periodic ponderomotive perturbation in a low-density low temperature plasma is considered. The analysis is performed for the case when the period of the resulting optical lattice is less than the Debye screening length in the plasma by solving an electron Boltzmann equation, where the total force is the sum of the periodic force due to the optical lattice and the electrostatic force due to self-consistent electric field in the plasma. An analogy between the CTS spectra calculated here and coherent Rayleigh scattering spectra in a neutral gas is established. For relatively low intensity for the optical lattice, the calculated CTS spectra are nearly Gaussian with widths slightly wider than the incoherent Thomson widths. We demonstrate that at higher intensities the line shape narrows and saturates to a width approximately half of that found at low lattice intensities. The proportionality of the spectral width to the square root of the electron temperature allows one to extract the electron temperature from the saturated spectra. Possible application of CTS for remote measuring the electron temperature in plasma is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033507
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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