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Particle-in-Cell Simulation of Laser Wakefield Particle Acceleration

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Experiments with laser wakefield accelerators (LWFA) have demonstrated accelerating gradients thousands of times greater than those obtained in conventional particle accelerators. LWFAs use the electric field of a plasma wave - the wakefield - driven by the radiation pressure of an intense laser. The simulations proposed in this study will interpret recent experiments and assist in the planning of the next generation of particle accelerators and ultrafast applications in chemistry and biology. This image shows a horizontal slice through the electric field; the electrons are colored by the magnitude of the momentum.

Visualization applications used: AVS/Express, VisIt