Quantumlike dynamics of classical particles in ponderomotive potentials.


The average dynamics of a classical particle under the action of a high-frequency radiation resembles quantum particle motion in a conservative field with an effective de Broglie wavelength lambda equal to the particle average displacement on the oscillation period. In a quasiclassical field, with a spatial scale large compared to lambda, the guiding-center motion is adiabatic. Otherwise, a particle exhibits quantized eigenstates in ponderomotive potential wells, tunnels through "classically forbidden" regions, and experiences stochastic reflection from attractive potentials.

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@article{Dodin2005QuantumlikeDO, title={Quantumlike dynamics of classical particles in ponderomotive potentials.}, author={I. Y. Dodin and Nathaniel J. Fisch}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2005}, volume={95 11}, pages={115001} }