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    • Nonlinear interaction of ultraintense laser pulse with relativistic thin plasma foil in the radiation pressure-dominant regime


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      We present a study of the effect of laser pulse temporal profile on the energy/momentum acquired by the ions as a result of the ultraintense laser pulse focussed on a thin plasma layer in the radiation pressuredominant(RPD) regime. In the RPD regime, the plasma foil is pushed by ultraintense laser pulse when the radiation cannot propagate through the foil, while the electron and ion layers move together. The nonlinear character of laser–matter interaction is exhibited in the relativistic frequency shift, and also change in the wave amplitude as the EM wave gets reflected by the relativistically moving thin dense plasma layer. Relativistic effects in a highenergy plasma provide matching conditions that make it possible to exchange very effectively ordered kineticenergy and momentum between the EM fields and the plasma. When matter moves at relativistic velocities, the efficiency of the energy transfer from the radiation to thin plasma foil is more than 30% and in ultrarelativisticcase it approaches one. The momentum/energy transfer to the ions is found to depend on the temporal profile of the laser pulse. Our numerical results show that for the same laser and plasma parameters, a Lorentzian pulse canaccelerate ions upto 0.2 GeV within 10 fs which is 1.5 times larger than that a Gaussian pulse can.

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