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Stimulated Raman Side Scattering in Laser Wakefield Acceleration

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  • T. Matsuoka
  • C. McGuffey
  • P. G. Cummings
  • Y. Horovitz
  • F. Dollar
  • V. Chvykov
  • G. Kalintchenko
  • P. Rousseau
  • V. Yanovsky
  • S. S. Bulanov
  • A. G. R. Thomas
  • A. Maksimchuk
  • K. Krushelnick
Article number034801
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>14/07/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical review letters
Issue number3
Number of pages4
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Stimulated Raman side scattering of an ultrashort high power laser pulse is studied in experiments on laser wakefield acceleration. Experiments and simulations reveal that stimulated Raman side scattering occurs at the beginning of the interaction, that it contributes to the evolution of the pulse prior to wakefield formation, and also that it affects the quality of electron beams generated. The relativistic shift of the plasma frequency is measured.