Kinetic treatment of radiation reaction effects

Noble, Adam and Gratus, Jonathan and Burton, David and Ersfeld, Bernhard and Islam, M. Ranaul and Kravets, Yevgen and Raj, Gurav and Jaroszynski, Dino (2011) Kinetic treatment of radiation reaction effects. In: Laser acceleration of electrons, protons, and ions and medical applications of laser-generated secondary sources of radiation and particles. SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, Prague, -. ISBN 978-0-81948-669-1

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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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