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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 1998
  • pp: 1038–1044

Transverse Focuser for Optical Acceleration

Roger M. Herman and Thomas A. Wiggins  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 6, pp. 1038-1044 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.001038


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Abstract

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

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(220.2560) Optical design and fabrication : Propagating methods

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Roger M. Herman and Thomas A. Wiggins, "Transverse Focuser for Optical Acceleration," Appl. Opt. 37, 1038-1044 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-6-1038


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