Generation of 100-MeV attosecond electron bunches with terawatt few-cycle laser pulses

Xing-Long Zhu, Wei-Yuan Liu, Min Chen, Su-Ming Weng, Feng He, Ralph Assmann, Zheng-Ming Sheng, Jie Zhang

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Laser-wakefield acceleration has been demonstrated to be a promising technique for compact electron accelerators. However, it is still challenging to achieve high-quality 100-MeV electron bunches of sub-femtosecond duration with current techniques. Here, we present and numerically demonstrate an efficient scheme to produce such high-energy tunable ultrashort electron bunches, which is achieved by the use of a nonlinear wakefield driven by a terawatt few-cycle laser pulse in a new structure of plasma channel. With the driving laser pulse energy of 25mJ only, the resulting electron bunch can reach 101 MeV with 7.8 pC charge, ~4 mrad divergence, ~3% energy spread, energy efficiency above 3%, and a duration of hundreds of attoseconds. As such laser pulses may be obtained with a kilohertz repetition rate and high stability, our scheme could be interesting for ultrafast science and accelerator community
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Apr 2021


  • generation
  • 100-MeV
  • attosecond electron bunches
  • terawatt few-cycle laser pulses


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