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Transient setting of relativistic ponderomotive non-linearity and filamentation of ultra-short laser pulses in collisionless plasmas

  • R.P. Sharma (a1), Narender Kumar (a1) (a2), R. Uma (a1), Ram Kishor Singh (a3) and P.K. Gupta (a1)...


We study the setting up of relativistic ponderomotive non-linearity in an under-dense collisionless cold plasma. Using the fluid model, coupled system of equations of the laser beam and electron plasma oscillations has been derived. We present the numerical simulation for this coupled system of equations, when the coupling arises through relativistic ponderomotive non-linearity. The filamentation of the laser beam has been found to vary appreciably with perturbation wave number. The results show that with time, localized structures become more complex and the plasma oscillation frequency spectra have several harmonic peaks at terahertz frequencies when the electron plasma frequency is in terahertz range and laser frequency is around 2.35 × 1015 rad/s. We also present the semi-analytical model to capture the underlying physics.


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Author for correspondence: Narender Kumar, Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi-110016, India, E-mail:


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Transient setting of relativistic ponderomotive non-linearity and filamentation of ultra-short laser pulses in collisionless plasmas

  • R.P. Sharma (a1), Narender Kumar (a1) (a2), R. Uma (a1), Ram Kishor Singh (a3) and P.K. Gupta (a1)...


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