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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 13 — Jun. 21, 2010
  • pp: 14144–14151

Simulations of vacuum laser acceleration: Hidden errors from particle’s initial positions

P. X. Wang, S. Kawata, and Y. K. Ho  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 13, pp. 14144-14151 (2010)

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Simulation of vacuum laser acceleration, because of its scheme’s simplicity, attracts many people involved in. However, how to put the particle in the initial positions in the field has not been considered seriously in some such schemes. An inattentive choice of electron’s initial conditions may lead to misleading results. Here we show that arbitrarily placing the particle within the laser field leads to an overestimation of its energy gain, and offer suggestions for selecting appropriate initial conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(350.4990) Other areas of optics : Particles

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2010
Published: June 16, 2010

P. X. Wang, S. Kawata, and Y. K. Ho, "Simulations of vacuum laser acceleration: Hidden errors from particle’s initial positions," Opt. Express 18, 14144-14151 (2010)

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