Parametric study of laser wakefield driven generation of intense sub-cycle pulses
Journal article, 2022

Intense sub-cycle electromagnetic pulses allow one to drive nonlinear processes in matter with unprecedented levels of control. However, it remains challenging to scale such sources in the relativistic regime. Recently, a scheme that utilizes laser-driven wakes in plasmas to amplify and compress seed laser pulses to produce tunable, carrier-envelope-phase stable, relativistic sub-cycle pulses has been proposed. Here, we present parametric studies of this process using particle-in-cell simulations, showing its robustness over a wide range of experimentally accessible laser-plasma interaction parameters, spanning more than two orders of magnitude of background plasma density. The method is shown to work with different gas-jet profiles, including structured density profiles and is robust over a relatively wide range of driver laser intensities. Our study shows that sub-cycle pulses of up to 10mJ of energy can be produced.

laser-wakefield acceleration

laser-plasma interaction

sub-cycle plasma


Evangelos Siminos

University of Gothenburg

Illia Thiele

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

0741-3335 (ISSN) 1361-6587 (eISSN)

Vol. 64 3 034006

Subject Categories

Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Other Physics Topics

Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics



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