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Title: Observation of redshifting and harmonic radiation in inverse Compton scattering

Inverse Compton scattering of laser photons by ultrarelativistic electron beam provides polarized x- to γ-ray pulses due to the Doppler blueshifting. Nonlinear electrodynamics in the relativistically intense linearly polarized laser field changes the radiation kinetics established during the Compton interaction. These are due to the induced figure-8 motion, which introduces an overall redshift in the radiation spectrum, with the concomitant emission of higher order harmonics. To experimentally analyze the strong field physics associated with the nonlinear electron-laser interaction, clear modifications to the angular and wavelength distributions of x rays are observed. The relativistic photon wave field is provided by the ps CO 2 laser of peak normalized vector potential of 0.5L<0.7, which due to the quadratic dependence of the strength of nonlinear phenomena on aL permits sufficient effects not observed in past 2 nd harmonic study with a L ≈ 0.3 laser [M. Babzien et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 054802 (2006)]. The angular spectral characteristics are revealed using K-, L-edge, and high energy attenuation filters. The observation indicates existence of the electrons’ longitudinal motion through frequency redshifting understood as the mass shift effect. The 3 rd harmonic radiation has been observed containing on-axis x-ray component that is directly associatedmore » with the induced figure-8 motion. These are further supported by an initial evidence of off-axis 2 nd harmonic radiation produced in a circularly polarized laser wave field. Total x-ray photon number per pulse, scattered by 65 MeV electron beam of 0.3 nC, at the interaction point is measured to be approximately 10 9.« less
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  1. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  3. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1098-4402; PRABFM; R&D Project: KBCH139; KB0202011
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; FG02-07ER46272; FG03-92ER40693; AC02-98CH10886; 2014-DN-077-ARI084-01
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review Special Topics. Accelerators and Beams
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-4402
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1224188