Fakultät für Physik




Applications of High-Intensity Laser-Pulses – Overview


About the lecture

Time and place

Wednesday 15:00 - 18:00 c.t.
Theresienstr. 37, A 249


Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 c.t.
Theresienstr. 37, A 249


1 Electrons in strong laser fields
1.1 Descriptionoflaserfields
1.2 Electrons in a plane wave: classical treatment
1.3 Electrons in a plane wave: relativistic treatment
1.4 Solution to "relativistic eqn. of motion" and "energy eqn."
1.4.1 Equation of motion: component-wise
1.4.2 Energye quation: component-wise
1.5 The Lawson-Woodward theorem
1.6 Ponderomotive force
1.6.1 Microscopic derivation of ponderomotive force: (classical, nonrelativistic)
1.6.2 Ponderomotive force: relativistic case

2 Ionization mechanisms
2.1 Photoelectric effect
2.2 Multiple Photon Ionization (MPI)
2.3 Tunnel ionization
2.4 Barrier Suppression Ionization (BSI)

3 Basic plasma physics
3.1 Definition of the plasma state
3.2 Definition of temperature
3.3 Debye shielding
3.4 Plasma frequency
3.5 E-M waves in a plasma
3.6 Ionization defocusing

4 Nonlinear relativistic optics
4.1 Relativistic self-focusing
4.2 Self-phase modulation and pulse compression

5 Electron acceleration in underdense plasmas
5.1 Laser Wakefield Acceleration (LWFA)
5.1.1 Generation of a plasma wave
5.1.2 Calculation of long. E-fields in the plasma wave
5.1.3 Dephasing length

6 Ion acceleration
6.1 Electron acceleration on solid surfaces
6.1.1 Direct Laser Acceleration (DLA)
6.1.2 Coupling laser energy into electrons
6.2 Ion acceleration from solids
6.2.1 Target Normal Sheath Acceleration (TNSA)
6.2.2 Radiation Pressure Acceleration (RPA)
6.3 High Harmonic Generation (HHG)


  • P. Gibbon: Short-Pulse Laser Interaction with Matter - an Introduction Imperial College Press, London (2005)
  • F.F. Chen: Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Volume I: Plasma Physics, Springer (1984)
  • W. Kruer: The Physics of Laser-Plasma Interactions, Westview Press (2003)
  • P. McKenna, D. Neely, R. Bingham, D. Jaroszynski (Ed.): Laser-Plasma Interactions and Applications, Springer (2013)

Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: S. Karsch