SUSTAINED COMOVING ACCELERATION OF OVERDENSE PLASMAS BY COLLIDING LASER PULSES

EDISON LIANG
2007 International Journal of Modern Physics B  
We review recent PIC simulation results which show that double-sided irradiation of a thin over- dense plasma slab by ultra-intense laser pulses from both sides can lead to sustained comoving acceleration of surface electrons to energies much higher than the conventional ponderomotive limit. The acceleration stops only when the electrons drift transversely out of the laser beam. We show latest 2.5D results of parameter studies based on finite laser spot size and discuss future laser experiments
more » ... e laser experiments that can be used to test these results.
doi:10.1142/s0217979207042471 fatcat:zx4a4ra6ybbwxbawyyaylha7gy