By Andrea Macchi

The continual development 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, therefore stimulating novel connections with ultrafast optics, astrophysics, particle physics, and biomedical purposes. This booklet is essentially orientated in the direction of scholars and younger researchers who have to collect quickly a simple wisdom of this energetic and speedily altering learn box. To this target, the presentation is targeted on a range of simple versions and encouraging examples, and comprises subject matters which emerged lately corresponding to ion acceleration, "relativistic engineering" and radiation friction. The contents are provided in a self-contained means assuming just a simple wisdom of classical electrodynamics, mechanics and relativistic dynamics on the undergraduate (Bachelor) point, with out requiring any prior wisdom of plasma physics. therefore, the e-book could serve in numerous 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 in addition as an advent to a couple nonlinear mathematical tools via examples in their program to laser-plasma modeling.

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3). Due to the finite width of the laser beam, there will be a radial component of the ponderomotive force (Sect. 4) which will expel electrons out of the central region, creating a density depression around the axis. Such density decrease also increases the local refractive index and hence has a focusing effect for the pulse (“selfchanneling”). A detailed modeling of self-focusing thus has to take into account both the “pure” relativistic effect, which comes from the effective inertia of electrons, and the self-consistent modification of the density profile, which is determined by the balance of the ponderomotive force with the space-charge electric force produced by charge displacement.

If we substitute d/dt for (∂t + ua · ∇), Eq. 13) for the single particle. To avoid possible confusion it might be worth to stress that in Eq. 74) pa and ua are Eulerian variables which depend on (r, t) coordinates as the EM fields, while in Eq. e. E = E(r, t) and B = B(r, t). As an example which may highlight this fundamental difference, one may derive a ponderomotive force density via the fluid equations using an iterative procedure analogous to that presented in Sect. 4; in doing so, one realizes that a nonlinear contribution now comes from the ua · ∇pa term while a Taylor expansion of the fields along the trajectory makes obviously no sense.

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