Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

Date of this Version

6-16-1986

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Published by American Physical Society. Physical Review Letters 56 2629 (1986). http://prl.aps.org. Copyright © 1986 American Physical Society. Permission to use.

Abstract

The nature of plasma waves which are resonantly excited when two laser beams beat in a rippled-density plasma is explored both theoretically and experimentally. A theoretical model is presented which, for commonly encountered experimental parameters, predicts rapid saturation of the high—phase-velocity beat wave at an amplitude below that expected for relativistic detuning. Results of experimental studies of this process are presented.

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