Theory of relativistic harmonic generation

Q Han Park, R. W. Boyd, J. E. Sipe, A. L. Gaeta

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Summary form only given. In this paper, we show that the argument about vanishing THG breaks down under relativistic conditions. We consider the motion of a free electron in an intense laser field of wavelength λ. For field strengths of the order of mc2/λe, which for λ=1 μm corresponds to an intensity of the order of 2×1017 W/cm2, the electron is accelerated to relativistic velocities in a single optical period, and thus the excursion of the electron from its equilibrium position occurs over a distance of the order of λ. Under such conditions, the radiation emitted by the electron cannot be described within the electric dipole approximation, and in fact cannot be well described by a multipole expansion for a finite number of terms. We instead calculate the intensity of the emitted radiation through the use of the Lenard-Wiechert potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnical Digest - Summaries of Papers Presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)155752663X, 9781557526632
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 2001 May 62001 May 11


OtherQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiation


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