Proof-Of-Principle Experiment for Laser-Driven Acceleration of Relativistic Electrons in a Semi-Infinite Vacuum

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We recently achieved the first experimental observation of laser-driven particle acceleration of relativistic electrons from a single Gaussian near-infrared laser beam in a semi-infinite vacuum. This article presents an in-depth account of key aspects of the experiment. An analysis of the transverse and longitudinal forces acting on the electron beam is included. A comparison of the observed data to the acceleration viewed as an inverse transition radiation process is presented. This is followed by a detailed description of the components of the experiment and a discussion of future measurements.

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Plettner, T.; Byer, R.L.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Colby, E.; Cowan, B.; Sears, C.M.S. et al. March 1, 2006.

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We recently achieved the first experimental observation of laser-driven particle acceleration of relativistic electrons from a single Gaussian near-infrared laser beam in a semi-infinite vacuum. This article presents an in-depth account of key aspects of the experiment. An analysis of the transverse and longitudinal forces acting on the electron beam is included. A comparison of the observed data to the acceleration viewed as an inverse transition radiation process is presented. This is followed by a detailed description of the components of the experiment and a discussion of future measurements.

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  • Journal Name: Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams; Journal Volume: 8

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-11724
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 876762
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Plettner, T.; Byer, R.L.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Colby, E.; Cowan, B.; Sears, C.M.S. et al. Proof-Of-Principle Experiment for Laser-Driven Acceleration of Relativistic Electrons in a Semi-Infinite Vacuum, article, March 1, 2006; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc879906/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.