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Kinetic treatment of radiation reaction effects

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Publication date2011
Host publicationLaser acceleration of electrons, protons, and ions and medical applications of laser-generated secondary sources of radiation and particles
EditorsWP Leemans, E Esarey, SM Hooker, KWD Ledingham, K Spohr, P McKenna
Place of publicationBELLINGHAM
PublisherSPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
Pages-
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-0-81948-669-1
Original languageEnglish

Conference

ConferenceConference on Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles
CityPrague
Period18/04/1120/04/11

Conference

ConferenceConference on Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles
CityPrague
Period18/04/1120/04/11

Abstract

Modern accelerators and light sources subject bunches of charged particles to quasiperiodic motion in extremely high electric fields, under which they may emit a substantial fraction of their energy. To properly describe the motion of these particle bunches, we require a kinetic theory of radiation reaction. We develop such a theory based on the notorious Lorentz-Dirac equation, and explore how it reduces to the usual Vlasov theory in the appropriate limit. As a simple illustration of the theory, we explore the radiative damping of Langmuir waves.