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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 1998
  • pp: 277–281

Relativistic suppression of wave packet spreading

Q. Su, B.A. Smetanko, and R. Grobe  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 7, pp. 277-281 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.2.000277


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Abstract

We investigate numerically the solution of Dirac equation and analytically the Klein-Gordon equation and discuss the relativistic motion of an electron wave packet in the presence of an intense static electric field. In contrast to the predictions of the (non-relativistic) Schrödinger theory, the spreading rate in the field’s polarization direction as well as in the transverse directions is reduced.

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OCIS Codes
(270.6620) Quantum optics : Strong-field processes
(350.5720) Other areas of optics : Relativity

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Relativistic effects in strong eectromagnetic fields

History
Original Manuscript: October 21, 1997
Published: March 30, 1998

Citation
Qichang Su, B. Smetanko, and Rainer Grobe, "Relativistic suppression of wave packet spreading," Opt. Express 2, 277-281 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-2-7-277


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