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Title: Coherent kilo-electron-volt backscattering from plasma-wave boosted relativistic electron mirrors

A different parameter regime of laser wakefield acceleration driven by sub-petawatt femtosecond lasers is proposed, which enables the generation of relativistic electron mirrors further accelerated by the plasma wave. Integrated particle-in-cell simulation, including both the mirror formation and Thomson scattering, demonstrates that efficient coherent backscattering up to keV photon energy can be obtained with moderate driving laser intensities and high density gas targets.
Authors:
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  1. Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas (Ministry of Education) and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)
  2. (United Kingdom)
  3. Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)
  4. Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, D-85748 Garching (Germany)
  5. University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095-1547 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22350937
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 16; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ACCELERATION; BACKSCATTERING; DENSITY; ELECTRONS; KEV RANGE; LASER RADIATION; MIRRORS; PHOTONS; PLASMA WAVES; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; SIMULATION; THOMSON SCATTERING