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Classical Theory of Nonlinear Compton Scattering and Three-Dimensional Ponderomotive Scattering

  • F. V. Hartemann
  • E. C. Landahl
  • J. R. Van Meter
  • A. L. Troha
  • A. K. Kerman
  • N. C. LuhmannJr.

Abstract

The physics of laser-electron interactions changes dramatically at relativistic intensities, where the transverse momentum of the charge, measured in electron units, exceeds one. Three fundamental processes are known to occur in this regime: nonlinear ponderomotive1 and Compton2,3 scattering, and high intensity Kapitza-Dirac scattering4,5. These vacuum interactions correspond to the following geometries: collinear propagation, head-on collision, and electron diffraction in a laser standing wave, respectively.

Keywords

Laser Wave Electromagnetic Field Distribution Mass Shell Condition Wavefront Curvature Laser Standing Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. V. Hartemann
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. C. Landahl
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. R. Van Meter
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. L. Troha
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. K. Kerman
    • 1
    • 3
  • N. C. LuhmannJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Laser Science and ApplicationsLLNLLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Applied ScienceUCDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsMITCambridgeUSA

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