Radiation reaction studies in an all-optical set-up: experimental limitations

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    The recent development of ultra-high intensity laser facilities is finally opening up the possibilityof studying high-field quantum electrodynamics in the laboratory. Arguably, one of the centralphenomena in this area is that of quantum radiation reaction experienced by an ultra-relativisticelectron beam as it propagates through the tight focus of a laser beam. In this paper, we discuss themajor experimental challenges that are to be faced in order to extract meaningful and quantitativeinformation from this class of experiments using existing and near-term laser facilities.



    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Pages (from-to)1362-1369
    JournalJournal of Modern Optics
    Journal publication date25 Jun 2018
    Issue number11
    Early online date17 Aug 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018

      Research areas

    • high intensity lasers, Laser-plasma interactions, radiation reaction, wakefield acceleration

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