Abstract

We describe a novel design of an inverse Čerenkov accelerator for preinjected relativistic electrons. It utilizes synchronous linearly polarized input pulses focused by relatively small opposing sections of a conical mirror. The focal volume remains centered on the acceleration path throughout its entire length. Several advantages over existing designs are described, including, for any given wavelength, much larger acceleration areas that allow for much simpler preoptics and electron injection geometries and eventual self-compensation of nonlinear optical effects and compensation of Čerenkov material dispersion.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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1995 (2)

See, for example, P. Schoessow , ed., Advanced Accelerator Concepts, AIP Conf. Proc. 335, (1995).

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1994 (1)

1993 (2)

S. C. Tidwell, G. H. Kim, W. D. Kimura, “Efficient radially polarized laser beam generation with a double interferometer,” Appl. Opt. 32, 5222–5229 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Esarey, P. Sprangle, J. Krall, A. Ting, G. Joyce, “Optically guided laser wake-field acceleration,” Phys. Fluids B 5, 2690–2697 (1993);T. C. Chiou, T. Katsouleas, C. Decker, W. B. Mori, J. S. Wurtele, G. Shvets, J. J. Su, “Laser wake-field acceleration and optical guiding in a hollow plasma channel,” Phys. Plasmas 2, 310–319 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1983 (2)

J. P. Fontana, R. H. Pantell, “A high-energy laser accelerator for electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” J. Appl. Phys. 54, 4285–4288 (1983).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Self, “Focusing of spherical Gaussian beams,” Appl. Opt. 22, 658–661 (1983).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Esarey, E.

E. Esarey, P. Sprangle, J. Krall, A. Ting, G. Joyce, “Optically guided laser wake-field acceleration,” Phys. Fluids B 5, 2690–2697 (1993);T. C. Chiou, T. Katsouleas, C. Decker, W. B. Mori, J. S. Wurtele, G. Shvets, J. J. Su, “Laser wake-field acceleration and optical guiding in a hollow plasma channel,” Phys. Plasmas 2, 310–319 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Fernow, R. C.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fontana, J. P.

J. P. Fontana, R. H. Pantell, “A high-energy laser accelerator for electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” J. Appl. Phys. 54, 4285–4288 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Jackson, J. D.

J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 2nd ed. (Wiley, New York, 1975), pp. 427–432.

Joyce, G.

E. Esarey, P. Sprangle, J. Krall, A. Ting, G. Joyce, “Optically guided laser wake-field acceleration,” Phys. Fluids B 5, 2690–2697 (1993);T. C. Chiou, T. Katsouleas, C. Decker, W. B. Mori, J. S. Wurtele, G. Shvets, J. J. Su, “Laser wake-field acceleration and optical guiding in a hollow plasma channel,” Phys. Plasmas 2, 310–319 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kim, G. H.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. C. Tidwell, G. H. Kim, W. D. Kimura, “Efficient radially polarized laser beam generation with a double interferometer,” Appl. Opt. 32, 5222–5229 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kimura, W. D.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. C. Tidwell, G. H. Kim, W. D. Kimura, “Efficient radially polarized laser beam generation with a double interferometer,” Appl. Opt. 32, 5222–5229 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Krall, J.

E. Esarey, P. Sprangle, J. Krall, A. Ting, G. Joyce, “Optically guided laser wake-field acceleration,” Phys. Fluids B 5, 2690–2697 (1993);T. C. Chiou, T. Katsouleas, C. Decker, W. B. Mori, J. S. Wurtele, G. Shvets, J. J. Su, “Laser wake-field acceleration and optical guiding in a hollow plasma channel,” Phys. Plasmas 2, 310–319 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kusche, K. P.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Pantell, R. H.

J. P. Fontana, R. H. Pantell, “A high-energy laser accelerator for electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” J. Appl. Phys. 54, 4285–4288 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Pogorelsky, I. V.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Romea, R. D.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ruschin, S.

Self, S. A.

Sprangle, P.

E. Esarey, P. Sprangle, J. Krall, A. Ting, G. Joyce, “Optically guided laser wake-field acceleration,” Phys. Fluids B 5, 2690–2697 (1993);T. C. Chiou, T. Katsouleas, C. Decker, W. B. Mori, J. S. Wurtele, G. Shvets, J. J. Su, “Laser wake-field acceleration and optical guiding in a hollow plasma channel,” Phys. Plasmas 2, 310–319 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Steinhauer, L. C.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Tidwell, S. C.

Ting, A.

E. Esarey, P. Sprangle, J. Krall, A. Ting, G. Joyce, “Optically guided laser wake-field acceleration,” Phys. Fluids B 5, 2690–2697 (1993);T. C. Chiou, T. Katsouleas, C. Decker, W. B. Mori, J. S. Wurtele, G. Shvets, J. J. Su, “Laser wake-field acceleration and optical guiding in a hollow plasma channel,” Phys. Plasmas 2, 310–319 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Wang, X.

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

AIP Conf. Proc. (1)

See, for example, P. Schoessow , ed., Advanced Accelerator Concepts, AIP Conf. Proc. 335, (1995).

Appl. Opt. (2)

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

J. P. Fontana, R. H. Pantell, “A high-energy laser accelerator for electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” J. Appl. Phys. 54, 4285–4288 (1983).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A (1)

Phys. Fluids B (1)

E. Esarey, P. Sprangle, J. Krall, A. Ting, G. Joyce, “Optically guided laser wake-field acceleration,” Phys. Fluids B 5, 2690–2697 (1993);T. C. Chiou, T. Katsouleas, C. Decker, W. B. Mori, J. S. Wurtele, G. Shvets, J. J. Su, “Laser wake-field acceleration and optical guiding in a hollow plasma channel,” Phys. Plasmas 2, 310–319 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

W. D. Kimura, G. H. Kim, R. D. Romea, L. C. Steinhauer, I. V. Pogorelsky, K. P. Kusche, R. C. Fernow, X. Wang, “Laser acceleration of relativistic electrons using the inverse Cherenkov effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 546–549 (1995);U. Mohideen, H. W. K. Tom, R. R. Freeman, J. Bokor, P. H. Bucksbaum, “Interaction of free electrons with an intense focused laser pulse in Gaussian and conical axicon geometries,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 2190–2195 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 2nd ed. (Wiley, New York, 1975), pp. 427–432.

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