11 May 2011 Kinetic treatment of radiation reaction effects
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Abstract
Modern accelerators and light sources subject bunches of charged particles to quasiperiodic motion in extremely high electric fields, under which they may emit a substantial fraction of their energy. To properly describe the motion of these particle bunches, we require a kinetic theory of radiation reaction. We develop such a theory based on the notorious Lorentz-Dirac equation, and explore how it reduces to the usual Vlasov theory in the appropriate limit. As a simple illustration of the theory, we explore the radiative damping of Langmuir waves.
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Adam Noble, Jonathan Gratus, David Burton, Bernhard Ersfeld, M. Ranaul Islam, Yevgen Kravets, Gaurav Raj, Dino Jaroszynski, "Kinetic treatment of radiation reaction effects", Proc. SPIE 8079, Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Secondary Sources of Radiation and Particles, 80790L (11 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.887107; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.887107
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