J. Phys. IV France
Volume 133, June 2006
Page(s) 479 - 485
Publié en ligne 16 juin 2006
Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications 2005
J.-C. Gauthier, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 133 (2006) 479-485

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006133098

Modulation of harmonic emission spectra from intense laser-plasma interactions

T.J.M. Boyd1 and R. Ondarza-Rovira2

1  Centre for Physics, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK
2  ININ, A.P. 18-1027, México 11801, D.F., Mexico

We report results from a series of PIC simulations carried out to investigate the interaction of intense laser light with overdense plasma and in particular, aspects of the harmonic emission spectrum generated in these interactions. Recent observations of emission in this range by Watts et al. [1] show emission above the 20th harmonic extending to the 37th with conversion efficiencies of order 10-6 with this spectrum showing distinct, if variable, modulation of between two and four harmonics. This spectral feature proved highly sensitive to the incident intensity, with more pronounced modulation at higher intensities. These authors also reported results from a set of model PIC simulations which showed a modulated emission spectrum across the entire harmonic range, but with a wider modulation bandwidth.

In the results to be presented we report on features of the emission spectrum across a wide parameter range and its dependence on the detailed structure of the plasma density profile. While we do see evidence of a modulated spectrum, this appears to be sensitive not only to the incident intensity but to the plasma density profile. In addition plasma emission present further complicates the harmonic emission spectrum. Our results lead us to conclude that attempts to interpret modulation in emission spectra in terms of one particular theoretical model and from this to infer the dynamics of the critical surface may be misguided.

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