Frontiers of Physics

, 13:135202 | Cite as

Photon and positron generation by ultrahigh intensity laser interaction with electron beams

  • Muhammad Ali BakeEmail author
  • Aimierding AimidulaEmail author
  • Arkin Zakir
  • Nuriman Abdukerim
  • Abduleziz Ablat
Research Article


This study investigates the generation of high energy photons and positrons using focused ultrahigh intensity femtosecond laser pulses on a relativistic electron beam with a set of two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. We consider circularly and linearly polarized, single and spatially separated double laser pulses. We model both 500 MeV and 1 GeV electron beams. Higher positron production is obtained using circularly polarized laser pulses. Using double pulses, the focusing effect of the ponderomotive force confines the electrons to a small volume, generating additional energetic photons and positrons. The positron spectral distributions are effectively modified by these variations. When the electron beam energy is doubled, the number of positrons increased, while the cutoff energy remained nearly constant.


laser-electron beam interaction photon and positron generation QED effect 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (Grant Nos. 11664039 and 11575150), and the Doctoral Fund of Xinjiang University (Grant Nos. BS150216 and BS150217). A. Ablat was supported by NSFC (Grant Nos. 61464010 and 61604126). The authors are particularly grateful to CFSA at the University of Warwick for allowing us to use the EPOCH.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physics Science and TechnologyXinjiang UniversityUrumqiChina

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