Coherent kilo-electron-volt backscattering from plasma-wave boosted relativistic electron mirrors

F. Y. Li, Z. M. Sheng, M. Chen, H. C. Wu, Y. Liu, J. Meyer-ter-Vehn, W. B. Mori, J. Zhang

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A different parameter regime of laser wakefield acceleration driven by sub-petawatt femtosecond lasers is proposed, which enables the generation of relativistic electron mirrors further accelerated by the plasma wave. Integrated particle-in-cell simulation, including both the mirror formation and Thomson scattering, demonstrates that efficient coherent backscattering up to keV photon energy can be obtained with moderate driving laser intensities and high density gas targets.
Original languageEnglish
Article number161102
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number16
Early online date20 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2014


  • plasmawaves
  • mirrors
  • backscattering
  • doppler effect

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