- Conference date: 13-15 March 2002
- Location: Shonan Village, Hayama (Japan)
Three dimensional relativistic electromagnetic sub‐cycle solitons were observed in Particle‐in‐Cell simulations of an intense short laser pulse propagation in an underdense plasma. Their structure resembles that of an oscillating electric dipole with a poloidal electric field and a toroidal magnetic field that oscillate in‐phase with the electron density with frequency below the Langmuir frequency. On the ion time scale the soliton undergoes a Coulomb explosion of its core, resulting in ion acceleration, and then evolves into a slowly expanding quasi‐neutral cavity.
- Plasma electromagnetic waves
- Plasma oscillations
- Plasma solitons
- Electric fields
- Electromagnetic wave propagation
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