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A self-consistent, analytical solution for the two-dimensional, rotationally symmetric, time varying problem of the interaction of a laser plasma with its self-generated magnetic field has been determined at lateral locations away from the laser spot. The plasma is described by a two-fluid model, with the magnitude of the electron velocity much greater than the ion velocity. Increased spatial gradients in the density and velocity around the magnetic field maximum have been found. This leads to a double humped ion-velocity spectrum, which could be interpreted in terms of a two-temperature electron distribution, in qualitative agreement with experiment.

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Authors: GOLDMAN S R, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching bei München (DE);SCHMALZ R F, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: The Physics of Fluids, Vol. 30 (1987), No. 11, pp. 3608-3615
Record Number: 198910686 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
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