High Power Laser-Matter Interaction

  • Peter Mulser
  • Dieter Bauer

Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 238)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 1-4
  3. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 5-89
  4. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 91-151
  5. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 153-192
  6. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 193-227
  7. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 229-266
  8. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 267-330
  9. Peter Mulser, Dieter Bauer
    Pages 331-403
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 405-416

About this book


This book intended as a guide for scientists and students who have just discovered the field as a new and attractive area of research, and for scientists who have worked in another field and want to join now the subject of laser plasmas. In the first chapter the plasma dynamics is described phenomenologically by a two fluid model and similarity relations from dimensional analysis. Chapter 2 is devoted to plasma optics and collisional absorption in the dielectric and ballistic model. Linear resonance absorption at the plasma frequency and its mild nonlinearities as well as the self-quenching of high amplitude electron plasma waves by wave breaking are discussed in Chapter 3. With increasing laser intensity the plasma dynamics is dominated by radiation pressure, at resonance producing all kinds of parametric instabilities and out of resonance leading to density steps, self-focusing and filamentation, described in Chapters 4 and 5. A self-contained treatment of field ionization of atoms and related phenomena are found in Chapter 6. The extension of laser interaction to the relativistic electron acceleration as well as the physics of collisionless absorption are the subject of Chapter 7. Throughout the book the main emphasis is on the various basic phenomena and on their underlying physics.


Absorption Laser Plasma lasers optics plasma physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Mulser
    • 1
  • Dieter Bauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte Physik (IAP)TU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2., Institut für PhysikUniversität RostockRostockGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-50669-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-46065-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0081-3869
  • Series Online ISSN 1615-0430
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