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S. Banna, A. Mizrahi and L. Schächter PASER – particle acceleration by stimulated emission of radiation: theory, experiment, and future applications Laser & Photonics Reviews 3

Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/lpor.200810025

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The advanced particle acceleration technique PASER enables bundles of electrons to be accelerated using the same principle as in laser. A proof-of-principle experiment has been conducted at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. A 45 MeV electron macrobunch was modulated by a high-power CO2 laser in a wiggler, and then injected into an excited CO2 gas mixture. The emerging microbunches reveal a 0.15 % relative change in the kinetic energy in less than 40 cm long interaction region. Advanced PASER concepts such as non-linear interaction of electrons and waves in an active medium, the occurrence of resonant absorption instability, and PASER-based optical Bragg accelerators are considered.

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