Theory of Light Sail Acceleration by Intense Lasers: an Overview
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.
Journal/Review: HIGH POWER LASER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Volume: 2 Pages from: e10-1 to: e10-6
KeyWords: light sail; radiation pressure; laser–plasma acceleration of electrons aDOI: 10.1017/hpl.2014.13Citations: 1data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2021-10-24References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here