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Hamiltonian formulation of direct laser acceleration in vacuum

Eloy, M. and Guerreir, A. and Mendonca, J. T. and Bingham, R. (2007) Hamiltonian formulation of direct laser acceleration in vacuum. Journal of Plasma Physics, 73 (5). pp. 635-647. ISSN 0022-3778

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We present a new formulation for the direct laser acceleration of electrons in vacuum based on the Hamiltonian theory. Two different regimes for the snow-plowed, accelerated electrons are identified and characterized, the first pertaining to high-intensity and the second to low-intensity pulses, both leading to efficient electron acceleration. Particle energy yields are shown to be independent of the exact shape of the laser pulse and energy gains are estimated.