Friday, November 4, 2016

Abstract-Generation of high-field narrowband terahertz radiation by counterpropagating plasma wakes

It is found that nonlinear interaction of plasma wakefields driven by counterpropagating laser or particle beams can efficiently generate high-power electromagnetic radiation at the second harmonic of the plasma frequency. Using a simple analytical theory and particle-in-cell simulations, we show that this phenomenon can be attractive for producing high-field (10 MV/cm) narrowband terahertz pulses with the gigawatt power level and millijoule energy content.

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