The dynamics of compact laser pulses

Goto, S., Tucker, R. W. and Walton, T. J. ORCID: 0000-0001-5103-4591 (2016) The dynamics of compact laser pulses. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 49 (26). p. 265203. ISSN 1751-8113

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We discuss the use of a class of exact finite energy solutions to the vacuum source-free Maxwell equations as models for multi- and single cycle laser pulses in classical interaction with relativistic charged point particles. These compact solutions are classified in terms of their chiral content and their influence on particular charge configurations in space. The results of such classical interactions motivate a phenomenological quantum description of a propagating laser pulse in a medium in terms of an effective quantum Hamiltonian.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: classical electrodynamics; general laser theory; quantum description of interactive light and matter
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: School of Engineering > Maths
Depositing User: Dr Timothy J Walton
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 13:42
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 08:42
Identification Number: 10.1088/1751-8113/49/26/265203

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