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Ultra-Relativistic Effects of Laser Beam and Electron Interactions

Basic equations, exact solutions and modelling
Alexandru Popa


The latest generation of high-power pulsed lasers has renewed interest in the ultra-relativistic effects produced by the interaction between laser beams and electrons. Synthesising previous research, this book presents a unitary treatment of the main effects that occur in the ultra-relativistic interactions between laser beams and electrons. It uses exact solutions of relativistic and classical quantum equations, including a new solution of the Dirac equation, to fully describe the field and model the main ultra-relativistic effects created within it. Aimed at scientists, graduate students and professionals working in high-power laser facilities and labs, as well as those studying relativistic optics, the book presents a comprehensive survey of the field, intended to facilitate high-level engagement. 

Key Features: 

  •  Models the ultra-relativistic effects of laser beam and electron interactions 

  • Presents a comprehensive, unitary treatment of the main effects occurring in ultra-relativistic interactions between laser beams and electrons. 

  • Based on exact solutions of relativistic quantum and classical equations. 

  • Includes instructions for designing new experiments 

  • Contains Mathematica® for further understanding 

About Editors

Alexandru Popa received his doctorate degree from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania in 1974. He now serves as a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics in Romania, specializing in modeling atomic, molecular, and electrodynamic systems. He has published over 65 papers and 2 books. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Exact solutions of basic equations: Describing interactions between the electromagnetic field and electrons 3. Modeling of the ultra relativistic interactions between laser beams and electrons 4. Modeling of head-on interactions between laser beams and ultra-relativistic electrons 5. Calculations of radiation damping parameters: Interactions between very intense laser beams and relativistic electron beams 6. Modeling of the interactions between laser beams and electrons or atoms in the ultra-relativistic regime 7. Classical models in electrodynamic systems and atomic and molecular systems: Exploring similar conditions 8. Conclusions.


Hardback ISBN: 9780750339810

Ebook ISBN: 9780750339841

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Coherent Sources, Quantum Fundamentals, and Applications


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