J. Phys. IV France
Volume 133, June 2006
Page(s) 1209 - 1212
Publié en ligne 16 juin 2006
Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2005
J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 1209-1212

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006133248

Manipulating intense laser pulses by plasma Bragg gratings

Hui-Chun Wu1, 0, Zheng-Ming Sheng1 and Jie Zhang1

1  Laboratory of Optical Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China

Propagation of ultrashort intense laser pulses in a plasma Bragg grating induced by two intersecting laser pulses is studied. Such a plasma grating exhibits an ultrawide photonic bandgap, near which the strong dispersion appears. Particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations show the light speed reduction, pulse stretching, chirped pulse compression, and fast compression of Bragg grating solitons in the plasma grating. The nonlinear coupled-mode theory agrees well with the PIC results. Since the plasma grating can support an ultrahigh damage threshold, it can be a novel photonic device to manipulate extremely intense femtosecond laser pulses.

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