Classical Relativistic Particle in a Linearly Polarized Laser Field

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This Demonstration shows the trajectory of a relativistic particle represented by a black curve as it moves in a laser field propagating in the vertical direction. The laser field is monochromatic with wavelength , in nanometers. The amplitude of the reduced vector potential, as defined in [2], is given by . The intensity of the laser field is then given by in units of .


The blue and red lines represent the electric and magnetic fields, respectively.


Contributed by: Renan Cabrera (September 2017)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] W. E. Baylis, Electrodynamics: A Modern Geometric Approach, Boston: Birkhäuser, 1999.

[2] W. E. Baylis and Y. Yao,"Relativistic Dynamics of Charges in Electromagnetic Fields: An Eigenspinor Approach," Physical Review A, 60(2), 1999 pp. 785–795. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.60.785.

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