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Cold Relativistic Wavebreaking
Donald Umstadter Publications
  • J.K. Kim, Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Donald P. Umstadter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date of this Version

Advanced Accelerator Concepts: Eighth Workshop, W. Lawson, C. Bellamy, and D. Brosius,eds., AIP Conference Proceedings (AIP Press, New York, 1999),vol. 472 p. 404. Copyright 1999. Permission to use.

The two-dimensional wave-breaking of relativistic plasma waves driven by a ultrashort high-power lasers, is described within a framework of cold 2-D fluid theory. It is shown that the transverse nonlinearity of the plasma wave results in temporally increasing transverse plasma oscillation in the wake of the laser pulse, inevitably inducing wave-breaking below the 1-D threshold. A condition for wavebreaking is obtained and evaluated. A preformed density channel is found to partially cancel the effect and increase the length of wakefield that survives before wavebreaking occurs.
Citation Information
J.K. Kim and Donald P. Umstadter. "Cold Relativistic Wavebreaking" (1998)
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