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1st Edition

Laser-Plasma Interactions

ISBN 9781138114364
Published May 22, 2017 by CRC Press
450 Pages 200 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Solid Compendium of Advanced Diagnostic and Simulation Tools

Exploring the most exciting and topical areas in this field, Laser-Plasma Interactions focuses on the interaction of intense laser radiation with plasma. After discussing the basic theory of the interaction of intense electromagnetic radiation fields with matter, the book covers three applications of intense fields in plasma: inertial fusion, wakefield accelerators, and advanced radiation sources.

Collecting contributions from a host of international experts, the book provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts of the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, before moving on to selected advanced topics from the field. It describes state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and experimental techniques used to study laser-plasma interactions as well as simulation tools for modeling these interactions.

With a focus on current research trends, this book guides readers to the brink of the most stimulating challenges in the field. It also gives readers an appreciation of the underlying phenomena linking several applications.

Table of Contents

Preface, D.A. Jaroszynski, R. Bingham, and R.A. Cairns

Laser-Driven Plasmas: A Gateway to High Energy Density Physics and a Test-Bed for Nonlinear Science, W.L. Kruer

An Experimentalist’s Perspective on Plasma Accelerators, C.E. Clayton

Waveguides for High Intensity Laser Pulses, S. Hooker

Harnessing Plasma Waves as Radiation Sources and Amplifiers, D.A. Jaroszynski, A. Reitsma, and B. Ersfeld

High Intensity Laser-Plasma Interaction Experiments, K. Krushelnick

Computational Challenges in Laser-Plasma Interactions, R. Fonseca

Particle Acceleration in Plasmas, R. Bingham

Laboratory Astrophysics Using High Energy Density Photon and Electron Beams, R. Bingham

Acceleration of Photons and Quasi-Particles, J.T. Mendonça

Relativistic Phenomena in Plasma Solitons, F. Pegoraro

Interference Stabilization of Atoms in a Strong Laser Field, M.V. Fedorov

Entanglement and Wave Packet Structures in Photoionization and Other Decay Processes of Bipartite Systems, M.V. Fedorov

Intense Field Quantum Electrodynamics, N. Narozhny

Fundamentals of ICF Hohlraums, M.D. Rosen

Dense Plasma Physics—The Microphysics of Laser-Produced Plasmas, S.J. Rose

Progress in Fast Ignition, P.A. Norreys

Fusion Targets, D.C. Swift

Direct-Drive Inertial Fusion: Basic Concepts and Ignition Target Designing, V.N. Goncharov

Ablative Richtmyer–Meshkov Instability: Theory and Experimental Results, V.N. Goncharov


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