Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

Date of this Version

2018

Citation

PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 121, 104801 (2018)

Comments

© 2018 American Physical Society

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.104801

Abstract

Interactions of large-amplitude relativistic plasma waves were investigated experimentally by propagating two synchronized ultraintense femtosecond laser pulses in plasma at oblique crossing angles to each other. The electrostatic and electromagnetic fields of the colliding waves acted to preaccelerate and trap electrons via previously predicted, but untested injection mechanisms of ponderomotive drift and wakewake interference. High-quality energetic electron beams were produced, also revealing valuable new information about plasma-wave dynamics.

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