Wake Fields: Limitations and Possibilities

  • Richard K. Cooper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 178)


If we consider the electric and magnetic fields surrounding a relativistic point charge, we see that they are nearly transverse to the direction of motion, having an angular spread of the order of 1/γ, as shown in Fig. 1. A conducting obstacle to one side of the charge a distance b, say, will intercept a portion of these fields and scatter them so that a second charge, following the first on the same path a distance s behind, will experience the scattered fields after the time it takes the speed of light to go from the scatterer to the axis of travel.


Point Charge Scattered Field Transverse Oscillation Transformer Ratio Wake Field 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard K. Cooper
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  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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