Abstract

In inertial confinement fusion (ICF) systems, a continuous phase plate is often used to generate a speckle pattern in order to reduce the growth of parametric instabilities. An analytic model based on the vector diffraction theory is proposed in order to analyze the characteristics of the speckle field generated under sharper focusing conditions. The statistical and spatial autocorrelation function of the speckle field are deduced and calculated. Results show that more accurate results can be achieved by vector theory than by scalar theory. Furthermore, since light-field components in different directions are involved in the vector diffraction integral, more comprehensive information on statistical characteristics of the speckle field can be discovered. Additionally, the impact of the speckle field on three waves plasma parametric instabilities are discussed. Results show that speckle field generated under sharp focusing conditions can efficiently increase the phase mismatch among the three waves and then limit the growth of the instability.

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