Energy losses due to radiation reaction in an intense laser pulse

Yevgen Kravets, Adam Noble, Dino Jaroszynski

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Radiation reaction effects will play an important role in near-future laser facilities, yet their theoretical description remains obscure. We explore the Ford-O'Connell equation for radiation reaction, and discuss its relation to other commonly used treatments, in particular that of Landau and Lifshitz. By analysing the interaction of a high energy electron in an intense laser pulse, we find that radiation reaction effects prevent the particle from accessing a regime in which the Landau-Lifshitz approximation breaks down.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2013
EventSPIE 8779, Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves III - Prague, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Apr 2013 → …


  • lasers
  • particles
  • electrons
  • radiation


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