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Radiative reaction effect on electron dynamics in an ultra intense laser field

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 January 2010

Q.Q. Mao
Affiliation:
Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Q. Kong*
Affiliation:
Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Y.K. Ho
Affiliation:
Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
H.O. Che
Affiliation:
Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
H.Y. Ban
Affiliation:
Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Y.J. Gu
Affiliation:
Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
S. Kawata
Affiliation:
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Utsunomiya University, Utsunomiya, Japan
*
Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Q. Kong, Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China. E-mail: qkong@fudan.edu.cn

Abstract

The radiative reaction effect of an electron is usually very small and can be neglected in most cases. But for an ultra intensity laser-electron interaction region, the radiation can become large. The influence of the radiative reaction effect of an electron interacting with an ultra intense laser pulses in vacuum on electron dynamics is investigated within the classical relativistic Lorentz-Dirac approach. A predictor-corrector method is proposed to numerically solve the equation of motion with the electron radiative reaction included. We study the counter-propagating case (for Thomson scattering scheme) and the same direction propagating cases (for laser acceleration). Our simulation results show that radiation can have great effect in the counter-propagating case. But in the vacuum laser electron acceleration regime, both the ponderomotive acceleration scenario case and the capture and acceleration scenario, radiative reaction effect can totally be ignored for laser intensity available presently or in the near-future.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010

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