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Relativistic Electron Mirrors

from High Intensity Laser–Nanofoil Interactions


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Daniel Kiefer
    Pages 1-5
  3. Daniel Kiefer
    Pages 7-32
  4. Daniel Kiefer
    Pages 99-104
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 105-117

About this book


A dense sheet of electrons accelerated to close to the speed of light can act as a tuneable mirror that can generate bright bursts of laser-like radiation in the short wavelength range simply via the reflection of a counter-propagating laser pulse. This thesis investigates the generation of such a relativistic electron mirror structure in a series of experiments accompanied by computer simulations. It is shown that such relativistic mirror can indeed be created from the interaction of a high-intensity laser pulse with a nanometer-scale, ultrathin foil. The reported work gives a intriguing insight into the complex dynamics of high-intensity laser–nanofoil interactions and constitutes a major step towards the development of a relativistic mirror, which could potentially generate bright burst of X-rays on a micro-scale.


Diamond-like Carbon Foils Electron Acceleration in Intense Laser Fields High-Intensity Laser Pulses Laser-nanofoil Interaction Nanometer-Thin Freestanding Foils Plasma Mirrors Relativistic Doppler Effect Relativistic Laser-Plasma Physics Ultrathin Foil

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ludwig-Maximilians-University of MunichGarchingGermany

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