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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 1998
  • pp: 282–288

Nonlinear optics in relativistic plasmas

Donald Umstadter, Szu-Yuan Chen, Rob Wagner, Anatoly Maksimchuk, and Gennady Sarkisov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 7, pp. 282-288 (1998)

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We review our recent work on the various nonlinear optical processes that occur as an intense laser propagates through a relativistic plasma. These include the experimental observations of electron acceleration driven by laser-wakefield generation, relativistic self-focusing, waveguide formation and laser self-channeling.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(290.5860) Scattering : Scattering, Raman
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Relativistic effects in strong eectromagnetic fields

Original Manuscript: November 5, 1997
Published: March 30, 1998

Donald Umstadter, Szu-yuan Chen, Robert Wagner, Anatoly Maksimchuk, and Gennady Sarkisov, "Nonlinear optics in relativistic plasmas," Opt. Express 2, 282-288 (1998)

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