Relativistic chaos for an electron in a standing microwave field
Kirensky Institute of Physics, 660036 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Accepted: 3 December 1997
We study the dynamics of an electron in a standing wave of a microwave field. For large field amplitude the system undergoes a transition to a chaotic regime which is shown to be entirely related with the transition to relativistic dynamics. A possible laboratory experiment is shortly discussed.
PACS: 05.45.+b – Theory and models of chaotic systems / 42.50.Vk – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, electrons, and ions
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