Intense laser pulse dynamics in dense gases

M. Lontano, G. Lampis, A.V. Kim, A.M. Sergeev

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The results of a theoretical investigation on the interaction between a strong ionizing laser pulse and an initially neutral gas are presented, based on a 3-dimensional numerical simulation of the radiation-gas system. The electromagnetic radiation is described, in the frame of a quasi-optical model, in terms of the complex amplitude of the electric field envelope, while the free-electron density, which determines the laser propagation characteristics, is treated by means of a fluid model, considering different ionization mechanisms. Ions are assumed to be at rest and the electron motion is nonrelativistic. The macroscopic manifestations of the ionization induced scattering of the laser radiation are discussed in detail with reference to specific experimental conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141 - 147
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica Scripta
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Lontano, M., Lampis, G., Kim, A. V., & Sergeev, A. M. (1996). Intense laser pulse dynamics in dense gases. Physica Scripta, 63, 141 - 147.