Photon acceleration of ultrashort laser pulses by relativistic ionization fronts

Abstract : We present experimental results from the collision of weak ultrashort pulses with relativistic ionization fronts in copropagation and counterpropagation. The observed frequency upshifts of the probe pulses provide not only information about the electron density of the ionization front but also reveal the fine structure of the front. The connection between the correlation lengths for copropagation and counterpropagation and the longitudinal and transverse dimensions of the ionization front is also demonstrated thus showing the feasibility of using the frequency upshift experienced by short probe pulses to fully characterize relativistic ionization fronts and other relativistic coherent structures in laser-produced plasmas.
Keywords : nonlinear optics
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J. Dias, N. Lopes, L. Silva, G. Figueira, J.T. Mendonca, et al.. Photon acceleration of ultrashort laser pulses by relativistic ionization fronts. Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, American Physical Society, 2002, 66 (5), pp.056406. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevE.66.056406⟩. ⟨hal-00463705⟩

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