Experimental signatures of the quantum nature of radiation reaction in the field of an ultraintense laser

K. Poder, M. Tamburini, G. Sarri, A. Di Piazza, S. Kuschel, C.~D. Baird, K. Behm, S. Bohlen, J. M. Cole, D. J. Corvan, M. Duff, E. Gerstmayr, C. H. Keitel, K. Krushelnick, S. P. D. Mangles, P. McKenna, C. D. Murphy, Z. Najmudin, C. P. Ridgers, G. M. Samarin & 4 others D. Symes, A. G. R. Thomas, J. Warwick, M. Zepf

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Abstract

The motion of an electron in an external field of arbitrary intensity is one of the most fundamental outstanding problems in electrodynamics. Remarkably, there is no unanimously accepted theoretical solution for high intensities and little or no experimental data to date. The basic challenge is the inclusion of the self-interaction of the electron with the fields emitted by the electron itself -- the so-called radiation reaction (RR). As is well known, solutions exist for specific parameter ranges. At low field-strength, where RR is negligible, the equation of motion is the well-known Lorentz equation. At higher field-strength in the classical limit the Landau-Lifshitz equation is the accepted solution. For the strongest fields a full quantum description is required and this is currently the subject of active research. We report on the first experimental evidence of strong radiation reaction during the interaction of a relativistic electron beam with an intense laser field.
LanguageEnglish
Article number031004
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review X
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2018

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Keywords

  • plasma physics
  • radiation reactions
  • ultra-intense lasers
  • electrodynamics
  • optics
  • atomic and molecular physics

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Poder, K., Tamburini, M., Sarri, G., Di Piazza, A., Kuschel, S., Baird, C. D., ... Zepf, M. (2018). Experimental signatures of the quantum nature of radiation reaction in the field of an ultraintense laser. Physical Review X, 8(3), [031004]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevX.8.031004
Poder, K. ; Tamburini, M. ; Sarri, G. ; Di Piazza, A. ; Kuschel, S. ; Baird, C.~D. ; Behm, K. ; Bohlen, S. ; Cole, J. M. ; Corvan, D. J. ; Duff, M. ; Gerstmayr, E. ; Keitel, C. H. ; Krushelnick, K. ; Mangles, S. P. D. ; McKenna, P. ; Murphy, C. D. ; Najmudin, Z. ; Ridgers, C. P. ; Samarin, G. M. ; Symes, D. ; Thomas, A. G. R. ; Warwick, J. ; Zepf, M. / Experimental signatures of the quantum nature of radiation reaction in the field of an ultraintense laser. In: Physical Review X. 2018 ; Vol. 8, No. 3.
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