Electron and photon beams interacting with plasma

Albert Reitsma, Dino Jaroszynski

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Abstract

A comparison is made between the interaction of electron bunches and intense laser pulses with plasma. The laser pulse is modelled with photon kinetic theory, i.e. a representation of the electromagnetic field in terms of classical quasi-particles with space and wave number coordinates, which enables a direct comparison with the phase space evolution of the electron bunch. Analytical results are presented of the plasma waves excited by a propagating electron bunch or laser pulse, the motion of electrons or photons in these plasma waves and collective effects, which result from the self-consistent coupling of the particle and plasma wave dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-645
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume364
Issue number1840
Early online date24 Jan 2006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2006

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Keywords

  • beam-plasma interaction
  • laser-plasma interaction
  • advanced accelerators

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