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On electron acceleration by plane transverse electromagnetic pulses in vacuum

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2009

Werner Scheid
Affiliation:
Department of Theoretical Physics, The University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW, 2033, Australia.
Heinrich Hora
Affiliation:
Department of Theoretical Physics, The University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW, 2033, Australia.

Abstract

The longitudinal acceleration of electrons by the transverse electromagnetic field of laser pulses of definite shapes is studied. It is shown that already a pulse of the length of a half wavelength from a CO2 laser is sufficient to accelerate an electron to energies up to the order of TeV if intensities of 1022 W/cm2 are applied. Various aspects of the electron acceleration by this method are discussed.

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Research Article
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1989

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