Diffraction Radiation in the Pre-wave (Fresnel) Zone

Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 239)


The notion of the formation (coherence) length introduced in the early 1950s (see detailed references in [1,2]) was described in the framework of classical electrodynamics in Sects. 1.2 and 2.2 for bremsstrahlung and polarization radiation mechanisms, respectively. The quantum-mechanical consideration of this problem provides the identical result [2]. The notion of the formation length appeared to be useful for describing not only electromagnetic, but also strong interactions [3,4]. The main physical idea underlying the notion of the formation length for polarization emission mechanisms (including transition radiation and diffraction radiation) is the interference of the radiation fields emitted from different points of the emitting substance along particle trajectory (see Sect. 2.2). This concept is very close to the Fresnel zone widely known in optics.


Angular Distribution Transition Radiation Transition Radiation Intensity Lorentz Factor Fresnel Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityTomskRussia
  2. 2.National Research Nuclear University, MEPhIMoscowRussia
  3. 3.National Research Nuclear University, MEPhIMoscowRussia

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