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Relativistic self-focusing of super-Gaussian laser beam in plasma with transverse magneticfield

  • Tarsem Singh Gill (a1), Ranju Mahajan (a1), Ravinder Kaur (a1) and Suhail Gupta (a1)

Abstract

This paper presents an investigation of a self-consistent, theoretical model, which explains the ring formation in a super-Gaussian laser beam propagating in plasma with transverse magnetic field, characterized by relativistic nonlinearity. Higher order terms (up to r4) in the expansion of the dielectric function and the eikonal have been taken into account. The condition for the formation of a dark and bright ring has been used to study focusing/defocusing of the beam. It is seen that inclusion of higher order terms does significantly affect the dependence of beam width parameter on the distance of propagation. Self-focusing of super-Gaussian beam is studied at various values of super-Gaussian coefficient, m and magnetic field. Further, we have studied some distinct features of critical power curves for varying values of magnetic field.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Tarsem Singh Gill, Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005, India. E-mail: gillsema@yahoo.co.in

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