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By Andrea Macchi

The continual pattern in the direction of larger and better laser intensities has opened how to new actual regimes and complicated functions of laser-plasma interactions, hence stimulating novel connections with ultrafast optics, astrophysics, particle physics, and biomedical purposes. This e-book is essentially orientated in the direction of scholars and younger researchers who have to gather speedily a simple wisdom of this energetic and swiftly altering study box. To this goal, the presentation is targeted on a range of easy types and encouraging examples, and contains subject matters which emerged lately reminiscent of ion acceleration, "relativistic engineering" and radiation friction. The contents are offered in a self-contained manner assuming just a simple wisdom of classical electrodynamics, mechanics and relativistic dynamics on the undergraduate (Bachelor) point, with no requiring any prior wisdom of plasma physics. consequently, the e-book could serve in different methods: as a compact textbook for lecture classes, as a brief and available creation for the newcomer, as a short reference for the skilled researcher, and in addition as an advent to a few nonlinear mathematical tools via examples in their software to laser-plasma modeling.

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The EM fields are shown for P-polarization in the 2D case. As both Maxwell’s equations and the relativistic equations of motion are covariant, in any 1D PIC code the use of the technique substantially corresponds in a proper initialization and transformations of the laser and plasma parameters in the boosted frame. One should take care, however, to transform the parameters correctly, especially since in a code all quantities are typically normalized to parameters which may be not Lorentz invariants (see Gibbon et al.

I ↔ i +1, which is equivalent to a “remapping” of initial conditions at time t (see Fig. 4). 75). In practice, the exchange of indices corresponds to the exchange of velocities as if the two sheets underwent an elastic collision. Nonlinearity is introduced in the model by such artificial collision, which is easily implemented at each time step in the simulation. 75) may be performed by any standard numerical method for ordinary differential equations. In the original paper Dawson (1962) a statistical mechanics analysis of the model is discussed.

Profile such that ∇⊥ Within these assumptions, Eq. 35) which is a nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE), one of the most recurrent and studied equations in nonlinear physics (Sulem and Sulem 1999). 36) where ∂μ = (∂x , ∇ ⊥ ) and L is the functional (also named the Lagrangian density) i 1 1 4 L = − (a˜ ∗ ∂x a˜ − a∂ ˜ . 37) The rule is that a, ˜ ∂t a, ˜ ∇ ⊥ a˜ and their complex conjugates must be considered as independent variables. 35). This formulation generalizes the Lagrangian approach to classical mechanics that should be known to most readers, and is strongly used in the quantum theory of fields.

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