Laser duration and intensity limits in plasma backward Raman amplifiers

V. M. Malkin, Z. Toroker, N. J. Fisch

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The shortest duration and the largest non-focused intensity of laser pulses produced by means of backward Raman amplification (BRA) in plasmas are calculated. These limits occur in moderately undercritical plasmas and are imposed by combined effects of moderately small group velocity dispersion and relativistic electron nonlinearity of the amplified pulses. The efficient BRA range covered by this theory is broader than one known previously. This can be useful for BRA of x-ray pulses in regular or compressed solids and ultra-powerful optical pulses in the lowest density solids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023109
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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