Wakefield in solid state plasma with the ionic lattice force

Sahel Hakimi, Tam Nguyen, Deano Farinella, Calvin K. Lau, Hsuan Yu Wang, Peter Taborek, Franklin Dollar, Toshiki Tajima

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The advent of the path to a single cycle X-ray laser pulse via thin film compression and the relativistic compression enables laser wakefield acceleration in solid materials. We study the collective interaction of the X-ray laser pulse with the solid-state plasma, including ultrafast polariton effects, giving rise to TeV/cm wakefields with highly increased critical density. Our particle-in-cell computational analysis delineates wakefield effects and polariton dynamics. We show that a good quality wakefield can be excited even in the presence of the lattice force and the electron acceleration process is not influenced by polaritons. The applications and implications of the ultrafast wakefield and ultrafast plasmonics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023112
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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