Fast compression of laser beams to highly overcritical powers

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Laser beams can be strongly compressed in a plasma by stimulated Raman backscattering in a time short compared to the time scale for filamentation instabilities to develop. Such a compression should make feasible multi-MJ multi-exawatt-laser pulses technologically challenging by other means. The compression efficiency can reach nearly 100% at the Langmuir wave breaking limit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4448-4451
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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