Nonlinear optics in relativistic plasmas

Donald Umstadter, Szu Yuan Chen, Rob Wagner, Anatoly Maksimchuk, Gennady Sarkisov

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We review our recent work on the various nonlinear optical processes that occur as an intense laser propagates through a relativistic plasma. These include the experimental observations of electron acceleration driven by laser-wakefield generation, relativistic self-focusing, waveguide formation and laser self-channeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-288
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Umstadter, D., Chen, S. Y., Wagner, R., Maksimchuk, A., & Sarkisov, G. (1998). Nonlinear optics in relativistic plasmas. Optics Express, 2(7), 282-288.