The existence and properties of a transient plasma photonic crystal (TPPC) in the region of large pump intensities and/or low plasma densities are investigated. A crossover from the collective reaction of electrons to single particle motion is observed when increasing the pump intensities or considering (extremely) underdense plasmas. For large pump amplitudes, individual electrons may begin to bounce in the ponderomotive wells, causing periodic bunching which bears a strong resemblance to superfluorescence (superradiance). The existence regions and properties of a TPPC in that trapping regime are evaluated in detail.

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