Electron Acceleration by a Laser Wakefield in a Relativistically Self-Guided Channel

R. Wagner, S. Y. Chen, A. Maksimchuk, D. Umstadter

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Acceleration of electrons to relativistic energies by a multidimensional self-modulated laser wakefield is discussed. Above a power threshold, a relativistically self-guided channel from an intense ultrashort laser pulse (I∼4 × 1018W/cm2, λ = 1 μm, τ = 400 fs) was found to increase the laser propagation distance, decrease the electron beam divergence, and increase the energy of the electrons. These electron beam effects occurred even though the propagation distance became significantly longer than the conventional dephasing length.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3125-3128
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 21 1997


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