Emission of Ultrashort Electromagnetic Pulses from Electron Bunches Formed and Accelerated by Laser Beams with Tilted Amplitude Fronts

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  • A.L. Galkin,

    1. A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Coherent and Nonlinear Optics Department, P.O. Box 119991, 38 Vavilov St., Moscow, Russia
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  • V.V. Korobkin,

    1. A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Coherent and Nonlinear Optics Department, P.O. Box 119991, 38 Vavilov St., Moscow, Russia
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  • M.Yu. Romanovsky,

    1. A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Coherent and Nonlinear Optics Department, P.O. Box 119991, 38 Vavilov St., Moscow, Russia
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  • O.B. Shiryaev,

    1. A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Coherent and Nonlinear Optics Department, P.O. Box 119991, 38 Vavilov St., Moscow, Russia
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  • V.A. Trofimov

    Corresponding author
    1. A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Coherent and Nonlinear Optics Department, P.O. Box 119991, 38 Vavilov St., Moscow, Russia
    • A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Coherent and Nonlinear Optics Department, P.O. Box 119991, 38 Vavilov St., Moscow, Russia
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Abstract

The dynamics of an electron in a standing wave generated by a pair of counterpropagating linearly polarized relativistically intense laser pulses and the emission of electromagnetic radiation by the electron are analyzed. The pulses are assumed to have tilted amplitude fronts and asymmetric focal spots. The analysis of the dynamics is performed by solving numerically the Newton equation with the corresponding Lorentz force, and the emission of radiation is simulated based on the Lienard-Wiechert potentials. The electrons are accelerated by the direct action of the standing wave field and are shown to form a small short bunch. For relativistic intensities, the energies gained by the electrons reach several GeV. It is demonstrated that the radiation emitted by the electrons in the bunch is a single electromagnetic pulse confined to a narrow solid angle and having an attosecond duration. (© 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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