High harmonic generation in relativistic laser-plasma interaction

S. Banerjee, A. R. Valenzuela, R. C. Shah, A. Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter

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High harmonics generated due to the scattering of relativistic electrons from high intensity laser light is studied. The experiments are carried out with an Nd:Glass laser system with a peak intensity of 2×10 18Wcm -2 in underdense plasma. It is shown that, at high intensities, when the normalized electric field approaches unity, in addition to the conventional atomic harmonics from bound electrons there is significant contribution to the harmonic spectrum from free electrons. The characteristic signatures of this are found to be the emission of even order harmonics, linear dependence on the electron density, significant amount of harmonics even with circular polarization and a much smaller spatial region over which these harmonics are produced as compared to the atomic case. Imaging of the harmonic beam shows that it is emitted in a narrow cone with a divergence of 2 to 3 degrees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2393-2398
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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