Photon acceleration by laser wakefields

Murphy, C.D. and Trines, R. M. G. M. and Bingham, Robert and Lancaster, K. and Chekhlov, O. and Norreys, P. and Mendonca, Jose Tito and Silva, L.O. and Mangles, S.P.D. and Kamperidis, C. and Thomas, A and Krushelnick, K. and Najmudin, Z. (2006) Photon acceleration by laser wakefields. In: 2006 48th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics, 2006-10-31 - 2006-10-31.

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Abstract

In recent times, theory and simulation have been able to reproduce photon acceleration from wakefields where light is up- shifted in frequency by a moving refractive index gradient. The effect has been considered as a possible method of diagnosis of a wakefield such as the one postulated for a compact electron accelerator. Here we present further observations of spectral modulation caused by a laser-produced wakefield. In our experiments, the Astra laser at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory was focused into jet of helium. Between 300mJ and 600mJ of laser energy was delivered into a 25 micron focal spot in pulses between 50fs and 200fs. The spectrum of the transmitted light was measured. The lower intensity laser pulse allowed a linear regime to be investigated. A photon kinetic code has been implemented to model the experiment. The feasibility of using this effect as a wakefield diagnostic will be discussed.