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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13134–13144

Optical multi-hysteresises and quasi-solitons in nonlinear plasma

A. E. Kaplan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13134-13144 (2013)

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An overdense plasma layer irradiated by intense light can exhibit dramatic nonlinear-optical effects due to a relativistic mass-effect of free electrons: highly-multiple hysteresises of reflection and transition, and emergence of immobile waves of large amplitude. Those are trapped quasi-soliton spikes sustained by a weak pumping having a tiny fraction of their peak intensity once they have been excited first by higher power pumping. The phenomenon persists even in the layers with ”soft”, wash-out boundaries, as well as in a semi-infinite plasma with low absorption.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(350.5720) Other areas of optics : Relativity
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2013
Published: May 21, 2013

A. E. Kaplan, "Optical multi-hysteresises and quasi-solitons in nonlinear plasma," Opt. Express 21, 13134-13144 (2013)

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