Electron bunch acceleration in the wake wave breaking regime
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- Bulanov, S.V., Yamagiwa, M., Esirkepov, T.Z. et al. Plasma Phys. Rep. (2006) 32: 263. doi:10.1134/S1063780X06040015
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Results are presented from theoretical analysis and 2D PIC simulations of electron acceleration in a breaking wake plasma wave generated by a short intense laser pulse during its interaction with a finite-length underdense plasma layer. The high energy electron energy spectrum and transverse emittance are obtained. It is shown that, for laser pulse lengths above the plasma wake wavelength, the wakefield-accelerated electrons are further accelerated by the electromagnetic wave.