An optical trap for relativistic plasma

Ping Zhang, Ned Saleh, Shouyuan Chen, Zhengming Sheng, Donald Umstadter

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An optical trap capable of confining hot, extremely high density plasmas was discussed. The optical trap of potential depth ≅ 350 keV was created using two interfering terawatt-class femtosecond laser pulses. Thomson scattering, Raman scattering and computer simulation studied indicated a high degree of electron bunching, which caused the plasma density to peak up to 10 times the background density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2093-2099
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5 II
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Zhang, P., Saleh, N., Chen, S., Sheng, Z., & Umstadter, D. (2003). An optical trap for relativistic plasma. Physics of Plasmas, 10(5 II), 2093-2099.