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Non-perturbative aspects of particle acceleration in non-linear electrodynamics

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Article number042901
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>17/04/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Mathematical Physics
Volume56
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We undertake an investigation of particle acceleration in the context of non-linear electrodynamics. We deduce the maximum energy that an electron can gain in a non-linear density wave in a magnetised plasma, and we show that an electron can 'surf' a sufficiently intense Born-Infeld electromagnetic plane wave and be strongly accelerated by the wave. The first result is valid for a large class of physically reasonable modifications of the linear Maxwell equations, whilst the second result exploits the special mathematical structure of Born-Infeld theory.

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Copyright 2015 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Journal of Mathematical Physics, 56, 042901 2015 and may be found at http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jmp/56/4/10.1063/1.4918363