Saturation of Langmuir waves in laser-produced plasmas

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This dissertation deals with the interaction of an intense laser with a plasma (a quasineutral collection of electrons and ions). During this interaction, the laser drives large-amplitude waves through a class of processes known as parametric instabilities. Several such instabilities drive one type of wave, the Langmuir wave, which involves oscillations of the electrons relative to the nearly-stationary ions. There are a number of mechanisms which limit the amplitude to which Langmuir waves grow. In this dissertation, these mechanisms are examined to identify qualitative features which might be observed in experiments and/or simulations. In addition, a number of experiments are ... continued below

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Baker, K.L. April 1, 1996.

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This dissertation deals with the interaction of an intense laser with a plasma (a quasineutral collection of electrons and ions). During this interaction, the laser drives large-amplitude waves through a class of processes known as parametric instabilities. Several such instabilities drive one type of wave, the Langmuir wave, which involves oscillations of the electrons relative to the nearly-stationary ions. There are a number of mechanisms which limit the amplitude to which Langmuir waves grow. In this dissertation, these mechanisms are examined to identify qualitative features which might be observed in experiments and/or simulations. In addition, a number of experiments are proposed to specifically look for particular saturation mechanisms. In a plasma, a Langmuir wave can decay into an electromagnetic wave and an ion wave. This parametric instability is proposed as a source for electromagnetic emission near half of the incident laser frequency observed from laser-produced plasmas. This interpretation is shown to be consistent with existing experimental data and it is found that one of the previous mechanisms used to explain such emission is not. The scattering version of the electromagnetic decay instability is shown to provide an enhanced noise source of electromagnetic waves near the frequency of the incident laser.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96012240

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  • Other Information: DN: Thesis submitted to Univ. of California, Davis, CA (US); TH: Thesis (Ph.D.)

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  • Other: DE96012240
  • Report No.: UCRL-LR--123744
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • DOI: 10.2172/251388 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 251388
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc672980

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Baker, K.L. Saturation of Langmuir waves in laser-produced plasmas, report, April 1, 1996; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc672980/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.