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Journal Articles Physics of Plasmas Year : 2018

Enhancement and control of laser wakefields via a backward Raman amplifier

Abstract

The Backward Raman Amplifier (BRA) is proposed as a possible scheme for improving laser driven plasma wakefields. One- and two-dimensional particle-in-cell code simulations and a 3-Wave coupling model are presented and compared to demonstrate how the BRA can be applied to the laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) in the non-relativistic regime to counteract limitations such as pump depletion and diffraction. This article provides a discussion on optimal parameters for the combination of BRA and LWFA and a prescription for a BRA pump frequency chirp to ensure coupling beyond the particle dephasing limit. Simulation results demonstrate a reduction or alleviation of the effects of diffraction and an increase in wake amplitude and sustainability and provide direct insights into new methods of controlling plasma wakes in LWFA and other applications.
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hal-04449762 , version 1 (10-02-2024)

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J. Ludwig, P.-E. Masson-Laborde, S. Hüller, W. Rozmus, S. Wilks. Enhancement and control of laser wakefields via a backward Raman amplifier. Physics of Plasmas, 2018, 25 (5), pp.053108. ⟨10.1063/1.5023387⟩. ⟨hal-04449762⟩
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