Topics in Laser-Driven Acceleration
A focused laser beam can easily produce an extremely high electric field at the focal point. For example, a laser beam with an energy of 1 J and pulse duration of 100 fs focused to a spot size of 10 \(\upmu \)m, has a maximum electric field of about 40 GV/cm which is many orders of magnitude larger than what is used in traditional accelerators. In this chapter we will discuss several topics related to the possibility of using laser fields for accelerating charged particles.
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