Subcycle high electron acceleration by crossed laser beams

Salamin, Yousef I.; Keitel, Christoph H.
August 2000
Applied Physics Letters;8/21/2000, Vol. 77 Issue 8
Academic Journal
We present an exact plane-wave-based analysis of the vacuum acceleration, to energy gradients in the TeV/m range, of a single electron, using two laser beams crossing at an arbitrary angle. Our analysis of the dynamics evolves from analytic solutions to the relativistic equations of motion and predicts that, for a given laser intensity, a unique crossing angle maximizes the energy gain due to constructive interference. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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