Reflection of an electron beam by a photon mirror

J. T. Mendonca, L. O. Silva, R. Bingham

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A new configuration for the laser accelerator is proposed, which is inspired by the relativistic photon mirror effect. The material mirror is replaced here by an intense laser pulse, acting as a photon mirror for the incoming charged particles. A sufficient condition for particle reflection at such a photon mirror is established and three types of particle trajectories are described. A snow-plow acceleration regime is identified and quantitatively defined. Production of intense radiation bursts by the charged particle beam during the reflection process is also demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-634
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


  • laser accelerator
  • photon mirror
  • particle beam
  • particle trajectories

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