Radiation friction versus ponderomotive effect

  title={Radiation friction versus ponderomotive effect},
  author={Aleksandr M. Fedotov and Nina Elkina and Evgeny Gelfer and Nikolay Narozhny and Hartmut Ruhl},
  journal={Physical Review A},
The concept of ponderomotive potential is upgraded to a regime in which radiation friction becomes dominant. The radiation friction manifests itself in novel features of long-term capturing of the particles released at the focus and impenetrability of the focus from the exterior. We apply time scales separation to the Landau-Lifshitz equation splitting the particle motion into quivering and slow drift of a guiding center. The drift equation is deduced by averaging over fast motion. 

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