Collimated beam of MeV electrons accelerated by a terawatt laser

R. Wagner, S. Y. Chen, A. Maksimchuk, E. Dodd, J. K. Kim, D. Umstadter

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Abstract

The field at the focus of a short-pulse, high-power laser is so high that electrons oscillate at nearly the speed of light, giving rise to several interesting, and previously unstudied, effects. It was recently demonstrated that a laser wake field can produce a collimated beam of MeV electrons and that the laser may have been guided by relativistic self-focusing and electron cavitation. The experiment is remarkably simple and presented in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalConference Proceedings - Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting-LEOS
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO'96 - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 2 1996Jun 7 1996

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Electrons
Lasers
Light velocity
High power lasers
Cavitation
Laser pulses
Experiments

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Collimated beam of MeV electrons accelerated by a terawatt laser. / Wagner, R.; Chen, S. Y.; Maksimchuk, A.; Dodd, E.; Kim, J. K.; Umstadter, D.

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