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Author Bahari, A. ♦ Taranukhin, Vladimir D.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS ♦ ACCELERATION ♦ CHARGED PARTICLES ♦ ELECTRIC FIELDS ♦ ELECTRONS ♦ GEV RANGE ♦ LASER RADIATION ♦ PULSES ♦ VISIBLE RADIATION ♦ ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION ♦ ELEMENTARY PARTICLES ♦ ENERGY RANGE ♦ FERMIONS ♦ LEPTONS ♦ RADIATIONS
Abstract A fundamentally new mechanism of laser-driven acceleration of charged particles is proposed. When intense, tightly focused ultrashort laser pulses are employed, the acceleration is determined by the light pressure force and the longitudinal electric field component, which can be unidirectional. It is shown that lasers with ultimately high (present-day) parameters can accelerate electrons up to energies {approx}1 GeV, which is comparable to energies attainable in 'large' accelerators. In this case, the acceleration (unlike the schemes considered in the literature) is insensitive to the initial field phase, the acceleration of slow electrons is possible, and the problem of extraction of accelerated electrons from the field is solved. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)
ISSN 10637818
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2003-06-30
Publisher Place United States
Journal Quantum Electronics
Volume Number 33
Issue Number 6


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