Kinetic Energy of Laser Accelerated Charged Particles in a Plasma and the Possibility of Pair Production

  • Helmut Schwarz
  • Romualdo Tabensky


An exact solution of the general equation of motion of charged particles in a medium of refractive index n subjected to irradiation of electromagnetic waves at any intensity and frequency is given. No approximations are necessary even for the relativistic case. Linearly polarized as well as circularly polarized waves are considered. Self-induced fields due to the generated charged particle currents have very little influence on the solutions, especially at higher intensities, where electron-positron pair production can be expected.


Refractive Index Kinetic Energy Pair Production Laser Field Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut Schwarz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Romualdo Tabensky
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de FísicaUniversidade de BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil
  2. 2.Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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