Synchrotron Radiation

  • Gennady StupakovEmail author
  • Gregory Penn
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


A relativistic charge moving along a circular orbit emits synchrotron radiation. In this chapter we will calculate the intensity of the radiation in the limit \(\gamma \gg 1\). Using the Liénard–Wiechert potentials we first derive the fields at a large distance from the charge in the plane of the orbit and find the radiation spectrum. We then discuss angular and spectral distributions of the synchrotron radiation for arbitrary angles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SLAC National Accelerator LaboratoryStanford UniversityMenlo ParkUSA
  2. 2.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

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