The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 175, Issue 1, pp 25–33 | Cite as

Relativistic laser plasmas for novel radiation sources

  • A. PukhovEmail author
  • T. Baeva
  • D. an der Brügge


Relativistic laser-plasma interaction results in new sources of short-pulsed x-ray radiation. Here we consider two options. The first one is betatron radiation of electrons accelerated in underdense plasmas and oscillating in transverse fields of the laser wake. This radiation is incoherent and broadband, the pulse duration is comparable with that of the driving laser. The second option is the high harmonic generation (HHG) from overdense plasma surfaces. This radiation is coherent. The relativistic high harmonics are phase locked and emerge in the form of (sub-)attosecond pulses. One- and three-dimensional regimes of relativistic HHG from overdense plasmas are considered.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Plasma Surface High Harmonic Generation Attosecond Pulse Betatron Oscillation 
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik I, Heinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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