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Radiation reaction effects on the interaction of an electron with an intense laser pulse

Kravets, Yevgen and Noble, Adam and Jaroszynski, Dino (2013) Radiation reaction effects on the interaction of an electron with an intense laser pulse. Physical Review E, 88 (1). ISSN 1539-3755

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Abstract

Radiation reaction effects will play an important role in near-future laser facilities, yet their theoretical description remains obscure. We explore the Ford-O’Connell equation for radiation reaction, and discuss its relation to other commonly used treatments. By analyzing the interaction of a high energy electron in an intense laser pulse, we find that radiation reaction effects prevent the particle from accessing a regime in which the Landau-Lifshitz approximation breaks down.