Acceleration of ultra-thin electron layer. Analytical treatment compared with 1D-PIC simulation
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, 85748 Garching, Germany
2 Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Shanghai, 201800, P.R. China
Revised: 28 January 2009
Published online: 19 March 2009
In this paper, we apply an analytical model [V.V. Kulagin et al., Phys. Plasmas 14, 113101 (2007)] to describe the acceleration of an ultra-thin electron layer by a schematic single-cycle laser pulse and compare with one-dimensional particle-in-cell (1D-PIC) simulations. This is in the context of creating a relativistic mirror for coherent backscattering and supplements two related papers in this EPJD volume. The model is shown to reproduce the 1D-PIC results almost quantitatively for the short time of a few laser periods sufficient for the backscattering of ultra-short probe pulses.
PACS: 41.75.Jv – Laser-driven acceleration / 52.59.-f – Intense particle beams and radiation sources / 29.25.-t – Particle sources and targets
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2009