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Acceleration of electrons and electromagnetic fields of highly intense laser pulses

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 April 2010

Stefanie Lourenco
Institut für Theoretische Physik der Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany
Nicolas Kowarsch
Institut für Theoretische Physik der Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany
Werner Scheid*
Institut für Theoretische Physik der Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany
P.X. Wang
Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Werner Scheid, Institut für Theoretische Physik der Justus-Liebig-Universität, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, 35392 Giessen, Giessen, Germany. E-mail:


The acceleration of electrons by very intense lasers in vacuum is studied for different forms of laser pulses: finite plane and three-dimensional laser pulses. The latter case is treated by introducing an approximation of the laser frequency as a function of the Cartesian components of the wave number. Various examples which lead to high accelerations of electrons are given.

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