Radiative trapping in intense laser beams

  title={Radiative trapping in intense laser beams},
  author={J. G. Kirk},
  journal={arXiv: Plasma Physics},
  • J. Kirk
  • Published 3 May 2016
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Plasma Physics
The dynamics of electrons in counter-propagating, circularly polarized laser beams are shown to exhibit attractors whose ability to trap particles depends on the ratio of the beam intensities and a single parameter describing radiation reaction. Analytical expressions are found for the underlying limit cycles and the parameter range in which they are stable. In high-intensity optical pulses, where radiation reaction strongly modifies the trajectories, the production of collimated gamma-rays and… 

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