Theory of Light Sail Acceleration by Intense Lasers: an Overview

Year: 2014

Authors: Macchi A.

Autors Affiliation: 1) National Institute of Optics, National Research Council (CNR/INO), Research Unit ‘Adriano Gozzini’
2) Department of Physics ‘Enrico Fermi’, University of Pisa, largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa, Italy

Abstract: A short overview of the theory of acceleration of thin foils driven by the radiation pressure of superintense lasers is presented. A simple criterion for radiation pressure dominance at intensities around 5×1020W cm−2 is given, and the possibility for fast energy gain in the relativistic regime is discussed.


Volume: 2      Pages from: e10-1  to: e10-6

KeyWords: light sail; radiation pressure; laser–plasma acceleration of electrons a
DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2014.13

Citations: 1
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