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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1998
  • pp: 2416–2423

Guiding and damping of high-intensity laser pulses in long plasma channels

Y. Ehrlich, C. Cohen, D. Kaganovich, A. Zigler, R. F. Hubbard, P. Sprangle, and E. Esarey  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 15, Issue 9, pp. 2416-2423 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.15.002416


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Abstract

An experimental demonstration is presented of large-distance (up to 6.6 cm, or 75 Rayleigh lengths) guiding of high-intensity (>1016 W cm-2) laser pulses in a plasma channel produced by a capillary discharge. Theory and simulation are used to describe damped oscillations that occur in the laser spot size as well as laser-induced ionization within the channel. Good agreement is obtained between theory, simulation, and experiment.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.3230) Physical optics : Ionization
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

Citation
Y. Ehrlich, C. Cohen, D. Kaganovich, A. Zigler, R. F. Hubbard, P. Sprangle, and E. Esarey, "Guiding and damping of high-intensity laser pulses in long plasma channels," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 2416-2423 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-15-9-2416

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