Relativistic Nonlinear Optics

Donald Umstadter, Scott Sepke, Shouyuan Chen

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Abstract

The physics and applications of a new field of optics, involving the nonlinear interactions of ultra-intense light with matter, are discussed. They are characterized by many familiar nonlinear optical effects, such as self-focusing and harmonic generation, but based on a mechanism that became accessible experimentally only relatively recently, namely, the nonlinear motion of unbound electrons oscillating relativistically in strong electromagnetic fields. These phenomena form the basis of a new generation of compact and ultrashort-duration particle accelerators and X-ray light sources, with applications ranging from nuclear fusion to cancer therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
EditorsP.R. Berman, C.C. Lin
Pages331-389
Number of pages59
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume52
ISSN (Print)1049-250X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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    Umstadter, D., Sepke, S., & Chen, S. (2005). Relativistic Nonlinear Optics. In P. R. Berman, & C. C. Lin (Eds.), Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (pp. 331-389). (Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Vol. 52). https://doi.org/10.1016/S1049-250X(05)52007-X