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Kinetic treatment of radiation reaction effects

Noble, A. and Gratus, J. and Burton, D. and Ersfeld, B. and Islam, M. R. and Kravets, Y. and Raj, G. and Jaroszynski, D. (2011) Kinetic treatment of radiation reaction effects. In: Laser acceleration of electrons, protons, and ions and medical applications of laser-generated secondary sources of radiation and particles. Proceedings of SPIE . SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering., Bellingham. ISBN 9780819486691

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Abstract

Modern accelerators and light sources subject bunches of charged particles to quasiperiodic motion in extremely high electric fields, under which they may emit a substantial fraction of their energy. To properly describe the motion of these particle bunches, we require a kinetic theory of radiation reaction. We develop such a theory based on the notorious Lorentz-Dirac equation, and explore how it reduces to the usual Vlasov theory in the appropriate limit. As a simple illustration of the theory, we explore the radiative damping of Langmuir waves.