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By Andrea Macchi

The continual pattern in the direction of greater and better laser intensities has opened the best way to new actual regimes and complex functions of laser-plasma interactions, hence stimulating novel connections with ultrafast optics, astrophysics, particle physics, and biomedical purposes. This ebook is basically orientated in the direction of scholars and younger researchers who have to gather swiftly a easy wisdom of this lively and speedily altering examine box. To this objective, the presentation is concentrated on a range of simple versions and encouraging examples, and contains issues which emerged lately comparable to ion acceleration, "relativistic engineering" and radiation friction. The contents are provided in a self-contained manner assuming just a uncomplicated wisdom of classical electrodynamics, mechanics and relativistic dynamics on the undergraduate (Bachelor) point, with no requiring any prior wisdom of plasma physics. therefore, the ebook could serve in different methods: as a compact textbook for lecture classes, as a brief and obtainable advent for the newcomer, as a short reference for the skilled researcher, and likewise as an creation to a few nonlinear mathematical tools via examples in their software to laser-plasma modeling.

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Often, models are obtained exploiting the large difference in the typical temporal scale of electron versus ion dynamics, due to the very different mass. , to relax the computational effort by assuming an electrostatic approximation for the ion dynamics and/or a ponderomotive approximation for the electron dynamics. , on the fluid equations which are discussed in the next section. However, when details of the particle distribution are needed, as for example when simulating an experiment of laser-plasma acceleration with the aim to obtain detailed spectra of either electrons or ions, the effort to solve the full kinetic equations must be pursued.

4). 75). In practice, the exchange of indices corresponds to the exchange of velocities as if the two sheets underwent an elastic collision. Nonlinearity is introduced in the model by such artificial collision, which is easily implemented at each time step in the simulation. 75) may be performed by any standard numerical method for ordinary differential equations. In the original paper Dawson (1962) a statistical mechanics analysis of the model is discussed. When an initial “temperature” distribution is given to the sheets, the system exhibits Debye screening and Landau damping, which are concepts familiar to plasma physics students.

9) where n i is the density of background ions of charge Z . As an aside, we also derive the dispersion relation of plasma waves in a warm υte = (Te /m e )1/2 , plasma of electron temperature Te when the fluid velocity u x the thermal velocity. To this aim we linearize Eqs. 10) me m e n0 where Pe = γe n e Te with γe = 3 is assumed (see Sect. 2). To close the system we use ∂x E x = 4π e(n e − n 0 ) = 4π eδn e . Looking for plane wave solutions we obtain − iωδ n˜ e = −ikn 0 u˜ x , −iωu˜ x = − e ˜ 2 δ n˜ e , ik E˜ x = 4π δ n˜ e .

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