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Ultrafast Phenomena XIV

Volume 79 of the series Springer Series in Chemical Physics pp 152-154

Electron acceleration through spatiotemporal shaping of ultrashort light pulses

  • Darius H. TorchinskyAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, MIT
  • , T. FeurerAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, MIT
  • , Keith A. NelsonAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, MIT

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Summary

We report on a novel scheme based on spatiotemporal pulse shaping to accelerate electrons in vacuum to high kinetic energies using the transverse component of the electromagnetic field. Relatively high energies on the order of 100 MeV can be reached with only modest laser intensities (∼ 1015 W/cm2).