TY - JOUR

T1 - Modeling classical and quantum radiation from laser-plasma accelerators

AU - Chen, M.

AU - Esarey, E.

AU - Geddes, C. G.R.

AU - Schroeder, C. B.

AU - Plateau, G. R.

AU - Bulanov, S. S.

AU - Rykovanov, S.

AU - Leemans, W. P.

PY - 2013/3/1

Y1 - 2013/3/1

N2 - The development of models and the "Virtual Detector for Synchrotron Radiation" (vdsr) code that accurately describe the production of synchrotron radiation are described. These models and code are valid in the classical and linear (single-scattering) quantum regimes and are capable of describing radiation produced from laser-plasma accelerators (LPAs) through a variety of mechanisms including betatron radiation, undulator radiation, and Thomson/Compton scattering. Previous models of classical synchrotron radiation, such as those typically used for undulator radiation, are inadequate in describing the radiation spectra from electrons undergoing small numbers of oscillations. This is due to an improper treatment of a mathematical evaluation at the end points of an integration that leads to an unphysical plateau in the radiation spectrum at high frequencies, the magnitude of which increases as the number of oscillation periods decreases. This is important for betatron radiation from LPAs, in which the betatron strength parameter is large but the number of betatron periods is small. The code vdsr allows the radiation to be calculated in this regime by full integration over each electron trajectory, including end-point effects, and this code is used to calculate betatron radiation for cases of experimental interest. Radiation from Thomson scattering and Compton scattering is also studied with vdsr. For Thomson scattering, radiation reaction is included by using the Sokolov method for the calculation of the electron dynamics. For Compton scattering, quantum recoil effects are considered in vdsr by using Monte Carlo methods. The quantum calculation has been benchmarked with the classical calculation in a classical regime. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI.

AB - The development of models and the "Virtual Detector for Synchrotron Radiation" (vdsr) code that accurately describe the production of synchrotron radiation are described. These models and code are valid in the classical and linear (single-scattering) quantum regimes and are capable of describing radiation produced from laser-plasma accelerators (LPAs) through a variety of mechanisms including betatron radiation, undulator radiation, and Thomson/Compton scattering. Previous models of classical synchrotron radiation, such as those typically used for undulator radiation, are inadequate in describing the radiation spectra from electrons undergoing small numbers of oscillations. This is due to an improper treatment of a mathematical evaluation at the end points of an integration that leads to an unphysical plateau in the radiation spectrum at high frequencies, the magnitude of which increases as the number of oscillation periods decreases. This is important for betatron radiation from LPAs, in which the betatron strength parameter is large but the number of betatron periods is small. The code vdsr allows the radiation to be calculated in this regime by full integration over each electron trajectory, including end-point effects, and this code is used to calculate betatron radiation for cases of experimental interest. Radiation from Thomson scattering and Compton scattering is also studied with vdsr. For Thomson scattering, radiation reaction is included by using the Sokolov method for the calculation of the electron dynamics. For Compton scattering, quantum recoil effects are considered in vdsr by using Monte Carlo methods. The quantum calculation has been benchmarked with the classical calculation in a classical regime. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevSTAB.16.030701

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevSTAB.16.030701

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84875709023

VL - 16

JO - Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams

JF - Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams

SN - 1098-4402

IS - 3

M1 - 030701

ER -