Simple laser accelerator: Optics and particle dynamics. Academic Article uri icon


  • When a laser is focused it develops a longitudinal component. This could be used to develop a laser particle accelerator. A lens waveguide array is discussed, and it is shown that such a system could generate high-energy particle beams. The possibility of using a diffraction-free Bessel beam is discussed, and a possible configuration is suggested. To accelerate electrons from one to a few MeV seems possible using a well-focused, 1-J, 1-ps laser pulse. This would provide a simple proof-of-principle experiment. In order to accelerate heavier particles, such as protons, the injected particle beam would have to be ultrarelativistic such as that produced by the superconducting supercollider. 1991 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev A

author list (cited authors)

  • Scully, M. O., & Zubairy, M. S.

citation count

  • 124

complete list of authors

  • Scully, MO||Zubairy, MS

publication date

  • August 1991