Europhys. Lett.
Volume 73, Number 2, January 2006
Page(s) 211 - 217
Section Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics
Published online 16 December 2005
Europhys. Lett., 73 (2), pp. 211-217 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10387-4

Field description and electron acceleration of focused flattened Gaussian laser beams

W. Wang1, 2, P. X. Wang1, Y. K. Ho1, Q. Kong1, Z. Chen1, Y. Gu2 and S. J. Wang2

1  Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University - Shanghai, 200433, PRC
2  Shanghai Institute of Laser Plasma - Shanghai, 201800, PRC

received 7 August 2005; accepted in final form 23 November 2005
published online 16 December 2005

By using the superposition of N suitably weighted Laguerre-Gaussian beams, the analytical expressions of all six electromagnetic field components of focused Flattened Gaussian Beams (FGBs) are obtained in the Lorentz gauge. The phase velocity distributions of the field near the focus of FGBs propagating in vacuum are investigated. There exists a subluminous wave phase velocity region surrounding the laser beam axis. We further apply this focused FGB to vacuum laser acceleration. As with the focused Standard Gaussian Beam (SGB), electrons injected into the focused FGB can be captured in the acceleration phase and then violently accelerated.

42.60.Jf - Beam characteristics: profile, intensity, and power; spatial pattern formation.
41.85.Ja - Beam transport.
41.75.Jv - Laser-driven acceleration.

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