Generation of ultrashort pulses of electrons, X-rays and optical pulses by relativistically strong light

D. Umstadter, S. Banerjee, S. Chen, S. Sepke, A. Maksimchuk, A. Valenzuela, A. Rousse, R. Shah, K. Ta Phuoc

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Abstract

We report recent results of experiments in which relativistic optical effects play an important role, at peak laser intensities above 10 19 W/cm 2. These effects are leading to novel radiation sources, all with femtosecond pulse durations: (1) the generation of optical photons by means of pulse compression via relativistic cross-phase modulation, (2) ponderomotive deflection of laser accelerated electron beams, and (3) the generation of well-collimated keV-energy x-ray beams by means of either Thomson scattering or betatron oscillations in ion channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSUPERSTRONG FIELDS IN PLASMAS
Subtitle of host publication3rd International Conference on Superstrong Fields in Plasmas
Pages86-93
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 7 2006
Event3rd International Conference on Superstrong Fields in Plasmas - Varenna, Italy
Duration: Sep 19 2005Sep 24 2005

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume827
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Superstrong Fields in Plasmas
CountryItaly
CityVarenna
Period9/19/059/24/05

Keywords

  • Femtosecond
  • High-intensity lasers
  • Plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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