Two-stage electron acceleration by simultaneous stimulated Raman backward and forward scattering

Pierre Bertrand, Alain Ghizzo, Seppo Karttunen, Timo Pättikangas, Rainer Salomaa, Magdi Shourcri

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The coexistence of stimulated Raman forward and backward scattering of intense electromagnetic radiation, which can occur, for instance, in laser fusion plasmas, is investigated. The simultaneous Raman forward and backward scattering is shown to create an electrostatic field structure which is exceptionally efficient in producing highly relativistic electrons. The mechanism of the electron acceleration is analyzed both by Vlasov–Maxwell simulations with self‐consistent fields and by test particle calculations with prescribed electrostatic fields. The Vlasov–Maxwell simulations reveal that the two plasma waves generated by the backward and forward scattering are spatially separated, and thus form a two‐stage electron ‘‘accelerator.’’
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3115-3129
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1995
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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