Volume 76, Number 1, October 2006
|Page(s)||70 - 73|
|Section||Physics of gases, plasmas and electric discharges|
|Published online||23 August 2006|
On the “vacuum heating” of plasma in the field of circularly polarized laser beam
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo Kashiwa 277-8561, Chiba, Japan
2 Plasma Physics Department, Andronikashvili Institute of Physics Tbilisi 0177, Georgia
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 1 August 2006
It is shown that collisionless absorption of the circularly polarized intense laser pulses normally impinging on the overdense plasma can lead to the vacuum heating of the electrons at the sharp vacuum-plasma interface. The suggested mechanism could lead to the heating of plasma at the periphery of the laser spot rather than at its center. This fact can be applied for verification of the considered effect in real experimental conditions.
PACS: 52.38.Dx – Laser light absorption in plasmas (collisional, parametric, etc.) / 52.38.Kd – Laser-plasma acceleration of electrons and ions / 52.50.Jm – Plasma production and heating by laser beams (laser-foil, laser-cluster, etc.)
© EDP Sciences, 2006
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