12 December 2003 Experimental investigation on the origins of plasma-induced incoherence
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Proceedings Volume 5228, ECLIM 2002: 27th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter; (2003) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.537109
Event: ECLIM 2002: 27th European conference on Laser Interaction with Matter, 2002, Moscow, Russian Federation
Abstract
We present some results of a recent experiment performed on LULI's nanosecond laser chain which puts light on the underlying mechanisms involved in plasma-induced incoherence. Following theoretical interpretation for this new-found phenomenon, we set-up a Thomson scattering diagnostic off ion acoustic waves having small k-vectors transverse to the interaction beam. Such waves would be the product of the interplay between non-linear processes undergone by an RPP-smoothed laser beam propagating through an under-dense plasma. We have observed ion acoustic waves with k-vectors ranging from 0.4k0 to 0.6k0 located near the plasma's summit and occurring at the top of the interaction laser pulse. Good correlation between Thomson scattering spectra and other PII signatures, namely the redshift of the transmitted light, when varying interaction conditions strongly supports our first assumptions pertaining to the ion waves' participation in PII.
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Heidi Bandulet, Christine Labaune, Julien Fuchs, Pierre Michel, and Sylvie Depierreux "Experimental investigation on the origins of plasma-induced incoherence", Proc. SPIE 5228, ECLIM 2002: 27th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter, (12 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.537109; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.537109
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