Laser-Plasma Interactions in Magnetized Environments

Yuan Shi | 19-ERD-038

Executive Summary

We are investigating how strong magnetic fields affect the coupling between lasers and plasmas, specifically to obtain analytical formulas for three-wave coupling coefficients and to develop computer software for applying the formulas with variable parameters. Successful results will, for the first time, allow the quantification of the influence of magnetic fields on laser-plasma interactions, which could significantly influence code validation, model improvements, and the design and interpretation of experiments.

Publications, Presentations, and Patents

Shi, Y. 2020a. "Force, curvature, or mass: disambiguating causes of uniform gravity." American Physical Society April Meeting 2020, April 2020. LLNL-PRES-808754

———2020b. "Quantum computation of three-wave interactions with engineered cubic couplings." Physical Review Letters. arXiv:2004.06885. LLNL-JRNL-808551

———2020c. "Quantum simulation of nonlinear three-wave interactions with engineered cubic couplings." American Physical Society March Meeting, Vol. 65, No. 1, March 2020. LLNL-PRES-805512

———2020d. "Three wave interactions in magnetized warm-fluid plasmas." 61st Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics, Fort Lauderdale FL, October 2019. LLNL-POST-779851

———2020e. "Variational lattice gauge algorithm for QED plasma simulations." PCTS Workshop, February 2020. LLNL-PRES-805306