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Self-consistent calculations of short-pulse laser-heated plasma dynamics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2009

P. Lädrach
Institute of Applied Physics, University of Bern, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland
J. E. Balmer
Institute of Applied Physics, University of Bern, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland


A one-dimensional, time-dependent fluid code is presented that numerically solves the hydrodynamic equations together with the wave equation for a picosecond pulse laser heated plasma. The laser light absorption by classical inverse bremsstrahlung and the ponderomotive force are evaluated self-consistently from the computed electromagnetic field quantities. At oblique incidence of p-polarized 1·054 μm laser radiation the resonant electric field is saturated by plasma wave convection through the nonlinear density profile steepening prior to wave breaking.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1983

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