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|Paper IPM / Physic / 8397||
The trapping and acceleration of an electron by forward ponderomotive force associated with intense short laser pulses, propagating in homogeneous rarefied plasmas is analyzed. This is done not by solving the motion equations but by energy conservation law and Lorentz transformation. This method is able to the treat the ponderomotive acceleration regardless of laser polarization. It is shown that the gain of acceleration increases linearly with the field strength of the laser and the relativistic factor of the group velocity of the laser in the plasma, while the minimum injection energy necessary for trapping the electron decreases with the laser field strength and increases slowly with the group velocity of the laser.
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