Applied Physics B

, 124:211 | Cite as

Direct electron acceleration for diagnostics of a laser pulse focused by an off-axis parabolic mirror

  • O. E. VaisEmail author
  • V. Yu. Bychenkov


We develop a theoretical basis for a new method of high-intensity ultrashort laser pulse diagnostics via vacuum electron acceleration from an ultrathin foil. A laser pulse is focused by an off-axis parabolic mirror, which has practical interest for most experiments with high-intensity pulses. The field description is based on Stratton–Chu integrals, which allow covering all focusing ranges up to the diffraction limit where the six-component laser field is correctly described. The theoretical approach uses a test particle method applicable for quite thin foils and rarefied gases, where the plasma fields do not substantially affect electron acceleration. The diagnostic method is to use measurements of angular-spectrum characteristics of laser accelerated or scattered electrons to compare them with the theory developed here. The proposed method can diagnose not only the intensity but also the quality of a laser pulse.



Special thanks are due to Drs. A. Maksimchuk, A. G. R. Thomas (University of Michigan, USA) and S. Ter-Avetisyan (ELI-ALPS Research Institute, Hungary) for the fruitful discussions.


This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (Grant no. 17-12-01283).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Center For Fundamental and Applied Research, Dukhov Research Institute of Automatics (VNIIA)MoscowRussia

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