Detecting radiation reaction at moderate laser intensities

Thomas Heinzl, Chris Harvey, Anton Ilderton, Mattias Marklund, Stepan S. Bulanov, Sergey Rykovanov, Carl B. Schroeder, Eric Esarey, Wim P. Leemans

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We propose a new method of detecting radiation reaction effects in the motion of particles subjected to laser pulses of moderate intensity and long duration. The effect becomes sizable for particles that gain almost no energy through the interaction with the laser pulse. Hence, there are regions of parameter space in which radiation reaction is actually the dominant influence on charged particle motion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023207
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


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