We describe a novel design of an inverse Čerenkov accelerator for preinjected relativistic electrons. It utilizes synchronous linearly polarized input pulses focused by relatively small opposing sections of a conical mirror. The focal volume remains centered on the acceleration path throughout its entire length. Several advantages over existing designs are described, including, for any given wavelength, much larger acceleration areas that allow for much simpler preoptics and electron injection geometries and eventual self-compensation of nonlinear optical effects and compensation of Čerenkov material dispersion.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 14, 1997
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 1997
Published: February 20, 1998
Roger M. Herman and Thomas A. Wiggins, "Transverse focuser for optical acceleration," Appl. Opt. 37, 1038-1044 (1998)