Cold Relativistic WavebreakingDonald Umstadter Publications
Date of this Version7-28-1998
AbstractThe 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 InformationJ.K. Kim and Donald P. Umstadter. "Cold Relativistic Wavebreaking" (1998)
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