Miniature light-driven nanophotonic electron acceleration and control

Shiloh R, Schönenberger N, Adiv Y, Ruimy R, Karnieli A, Hughes T, England RJ, Leedle KJ, Black DS, Zhao Z, Musumeci P, Byer RL, Arie A, Kaminer I, Hommelhoff P (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article, Review article

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 14

Pages Range: 862-930

Journal Issue: 4

DOI: 10.1364/AOP.461142


Dielectric laser accelerators (DLAs) are fundamentally based on the interaction of photons with free electrons, where energy and momentum conservation are satisfied by mediation of a nanostructure. In this scheme, the photonic nanostructure induces near-fields which transfer energy from the photon to the electron, similar to the inverse-Smith-Purcell effect described in metallic gratings. This, in turn, may provide ground-breaking applications, as it is a technology promising to miniaturize particle accelerators down to the chip scale. This fundamental interaction can also be used to study and demonstrate quantum photon-electron phenomena. The spontaneous and stimulated Smith-Purcell effect and the photon-induced near-field electron-microscopy (PINEM) effect have evolved to be a fruitful ground for observing quantum effects. In particular, the energy spectrum of the free electron has been shown to have discrete energy peaks, spaced with the interacting photon energy. This energy spectrum is corre-lated to the photon statistics and number of photon exchanges that took place during the interaction. We give an overview of DLA and PINEM physics with a focus on electron phase-space manipulation. (c) 2022 Optica Publishing Group

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Shiloh, R., Schönenberger, N., Adiv, Y., Ruimy, R., Karnieli, A., Hughes, T.,... Hommelhoff, P. (2022). Miniature light-driven nanophotonic electron acceleration and control. Advances in Optics and Photonics, 14(4), 862-930.


Shiloh, Roy, et al. "Miniature light-driven nanophotonic electron acceleration and control." Advances in Optics and Photonics 14.4 (2022): 862-930.

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