Reflection of an electron beam by a photon mirror

Mendonca, J. T. and Silva, L. O. and Bingham, R. (2007) Reflection of an electron beam by a photon mirror. Journal of Plasma Physics, 73 (5). pp. 627-634. ISSN 0022-3778

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A new configuration for the laser accelerator is proposed, which is inspired by the relativistic photon mirror effect. The material mirror is replaced here by an intense laser pulse, acting as a photon mirror for the incoming charged particles. A sufficient condition for particle reflection at such a photon mirror is established and three types of particle trajectories are described. A snow-plow acceleration regime is identified and quantitatively defined. Production of intense radiation bursts by the charged particle beam during the reflection process is also demonstrated.