Proposed Source of Sub-picosecond Far Infrared Radiation

  • H. Hamster
  • R. W. Falcone
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 53)


We propose that far infrared radiation (FIR) with gigawatt peakpower can be generated from a plasma produced at the focus of a high-intensity, ultra-short laser pulse as a result of the coherent acceleration of electrons through ponderomotive forces. A well defined vacuum-plasma interface will optimize the generated FIR.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Hamster
    • 1
  • R. W. Falcone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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