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Beyond the ponderomotive limit: Direct laser acceleration of relativistic electrons in sub-critical plasmas

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Beyond the ponderomotive limit : Direct laser acceleration of relativistic electrons in sub-critical plasmas. / Arefiev, A. V.; Khudik, V. N.; Robinson, A. P. L.; Shvets, G.; Willingale, L.; Schollmeier, M.

In: Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 23, No. 5, 056704, 05.2016.

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Arefiev, AV, Khudik, VN, Robinson, APL, Shvets, G, Willingale, L & Schollmeier, M 2016, 'Beyond the ponderomotive limit: Direct laser acceleration of relativistic electrons in sub-critical plasmas', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 23, no. 5, 056704. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4946024

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Arefiev, A. V., Khudik, V. N., Robinson, A. P. L., Shvets, G., Willingale, L., & Schollmeier, M. (2016). Beyond the ponderomotive limit: Direct laser acceleration of relativistic electrons in sub-critical plasmas. Physics of Plasmas, 23(5), [056704]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4946024

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Arefiev AV, Khudik VN, Robinson APL, Shvets G, Willingale L, Schollmeier M. Beyond the ponderomotive limit: Direct laser acceleration of relativistic electrons in sub-critical plasmas. Physics of Plasmas. 2016 May;23(5). 056704. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4946024

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Arefiev, A. V. ; Khudik, V. N. ; Robinson, A. P. L. ; Shvets, G. ; Willingale, L. ; Schollmeier, M. / Beyond the ponderomotive limit : Direct laser acceleration of relativistic electrons in sub-critical plasmas. In: Physics of Plasmas. 2016 ; Vol. 23, No. 5.

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