Plasma Electron Kinetics and Distribution Functions in Laser Fields

Roberto Luigi Oliveri, Gaetano Ferrante

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A concise review of the properties of electron distribution functions in a fully ionized plasma in the presence of a high-frequency laser field is presented. In detail is discussed the physical origin of most of the reported results in the case of strong fields. The presence of a laser field, through the inverse bremsstrahlung absorption, alters dynamically the roles of and the interplay between electron-ion and electron-electron collisions shaping the distribution function. Special attention is paid to the role of e-e collisions in the process of laser-plasma interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Ultrafast Intense Laser Science VI
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Chemical Physics 99


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