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Abstract by Christoph Schulzke

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Presenter's Name

Christoph Schulzke

Co-Presenters

None

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Co-Authors

None

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Department

Physics and Astronomy

Faculty Advisor

Justin Peatross, Michael Ware

Title

Analysis of Relativistic Electron Motion in an Intense Laser Field

Abstract

A classical point electron responding to a plane-wave electromagnetic pulse exhibits nonlinear behavior when the field strength becomes sufficiently high. The electron’s motion is governed by relativistic dynamics as it responds to the Lorentz force. I will describe this behavior analytically as well as the radiation emitted by an electron undergoing such a trajectory.  In the average rest frame of the electron, discrete harmonics of the driving field are emitted into various angles relative to the direction of the driving field and its polarization.