Classical dynamics of free electromagnetic laser pulses

Goto, Shin-itiro, Tucker, Robin W. and Walton, Timothy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5103-4591 (2016) Classical dynamics of free electromagnetic laser pulses. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 369 . pp. 40-44. ISSN 0168-583X

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We discuss a class of exact finite energy solutions to the vacuum source-free Maxwell field equations as models for multi- and single cycle laser pulses in classical interaction with relativistic charged test particles. These solutions are classified in terms of their chiral content based on their influence on particular charge configurations in space. Such solutions offer a computationally efficient parameterization of compact laser pulses used in laser-matter simulations and provide a potential means for experimentally bounding the fundamental length scale in the generalized electrodynamics of Bopp, Landé and Podolsky.

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