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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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)
Pages (from-to)184
Number of pages1
JournalConference Proceedings - Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting-LEOS
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO'96 - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 2 1996Jun 7 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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