Accession Number:

ADA200399

Title:

Relativistic Focusing and Beat Wave Phase Velocity Control in the Plasma Beat Wave Accelerator

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-09-22

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

Relativistic focusing allows two colinear short pulse radiation beams, provided they are of sufficiently high power, to propagate through a plasma without diffracting. By further accounting for finite radial beam geometry, it is possible for the phase velocity of the radiation beat ponderomotive wave to equal the speed of light. The removes one of the limiting factors, phase detuning between the accelerated electrons and the beat wave, in determining the maximum energy gain in the plasma beat wave accelerator.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE