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Title: Non-perturbative aspects of particle acceleration in non-linear electrodynamics

We undertake an investigation of particle acceleration in the context of non-linear electrodynamics. We deduce the maximum energy that an electron can gain in a non-linear density wave in a magnetised plasma, and we show that an electron can “surf” a sufficiently intense Born-Infeld electromagnetic plane wave and be strongly accelerated by the wave. The first result is valid for a large class of physically reasonable modifications of the linear Maxwell equations, whilst the second result exploits the special mathematical structure of Born-Infeld theory.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YB (United Kingdom)
  2. (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22403135
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Mathematical Physics; Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ACCELERATION; BORN-INFELD THEORY; ELECTRODYNAMICS; ELECTRONS; MAXWELL EQUATIONS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PARTICLES