Laser-based acceleration of nonrelativistic electrons at a dielectric structure

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Breuer J, Hommelhoff P
Journal: Physical Review Letters
Publisher: American Physical Society
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 111
Pages range: 134803
ISSN: 0031-9007


Abstract


A proof-of-principle experiment demonstrating dielectric laser acceleration of nonrelativistic electrons in the vicinity of a fused-silica grating is reported. The grating structure is utilized to generate an electromagnetic surface wave that travels synchronously with and efficiently imparts momentum on 28 keV electrons. We observe a maximum acceleration gradient of 25 MeV/m. We investigate in detail the parameter dependencies and find excellent agreement with numerical simulations. With the availability of compact and efficient fiber laser technology, these findings may pave the way towards an all-optical compact particle accelerator. This work also represents the demonstration of the inverse Smith-Purcell effect in the optical regime. © 2013 American Physical Society.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Hommelhoff, Peter Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Laserphysik


External institutions
Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) / Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik


How to cite

APA:
Breuer, J., & Hommelhoff, P. (2013). Laser-based acceleration of nonrelativistic electrons at a dielectric structure. Physical Review Letters, 111, 134803. https://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.134803

MLA:
Breuer, John, and Peter Hommelhoff. "Laser-based acceleration of nonrelativistic electrons at a dielectric structure." Physical Review Letters 111 (2013): 134803.

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