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Self‐focusing and ion wave generation in laser‐produced plasmas
Two‐dimensional hydrodynamic simulations of laser light self‐focusing in a hydrogen plasma are presented. The simulation code includes a model for laser beam propagation which accounts for inverse bremsstrahlung absorption, refraction, diffraction, and ponderomotive forces. A Gaussian hot spot,...
Diffraction, self‐focusing, and the geometrical optics limit in laser produced plasmas
The effect of diffraction on the self‐modulation of an intense laser beam in an initially uniform hydrogen plasma is investigated. A formalism is used in which the diffraction term in the paraxial wave equation can be arbitrarily reduced by the use of a weight factor ι. In the limit where ι...