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.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|Early online date||24 Jan 2006|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Mar 2006|
- beam-plasma interaction
- laser-plasma interaction
- advanced accelerators