Relativistic Nonlinear Electrodynamics: The QED Vacuum and Matter in Super-Strong Radiation Fields

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Springer, Nov 20, 2015 - Science - 506 pages

This revised edition of the author’s classic 2006 text offers a comprehensively updated review of the field of relativistic nonlinear electrodynamics. It explores the interaction of strong and super-strong electromagnetic/laser radiation with the electromagnetic quantum vacuum and diverse types of matter – including free charged particles and antiparticles, acceleration beams, plasma and plasmous media. The appearance of laser sources of relativistic and ultra-relativistic intensities over the last decade has stimulated investigation of a large class of processes under such super-strong radiation fields.

Revisions for this second edition reflect these developments and the book includes new chapters on Bremsstrahlung and nonlinear absorption of superintense radiation in plasmas, the nonlinear interaction of relativistic atoms with intense laser radiation, nonlinear interaction of strong laser radiation with Graphene, and relativistic nonlinear phenomena in solid-plasma targets under supershort laser pulses of ultrarelativistic intensities.

The only book devoted to the subject of relativistic nonlinear electrodynamics, this second edition will be a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers involved in any aspect of the field, including those working with intense x-ray – gamma-ray lasers, the new generation of small size laser-plasma accelerators of superhigh energies and high-brightness particle beams.


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1 Interaction of a Charged Particle with Strong Plane Electromagnetic Wave in Vacuum
2 Interaction of Charged Particles with Strong Electromagnetic Wave in Dielectric Media Induced Nonlinear Cherenkov Process
3 Quantum Theory of Induced Multiphoton Cherenkov Process
4 Cyclotron Resonance at the ParticleStrong Wave Interaction
5 Nonlinear Dynamics of Induced Compton and Undulator Processes
6 Induced Nonstationary Transition Process
7 Induced Channeling Process in a Crystal
8 Nonlinear Mechanisms of Free Electron Laser
9 ElectronPositron Pair Production in Superstrong Laser Fields
11 Interaction of Strong Laser Radiation with Highly Charged AtomsIons
12 Interaction of Superstrong Laser Radiation with Plasma
13 High Harmonic Generation and Coherent XRayγRay Radiation in Relativistic AtomicIonic Systems
14 Relativistic Nonlinear Electromagnetic Processes in Graphene

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Hamlet Avetissian is Chair of the Department of Quantum Electronics and Scientific Head of the Laboratory of Nonlinear Electrodynamics, Yerevan State University, Armenia. Prof. Avetissian is author of the discovery of several non-linear phenomena and more than 100 publications. Scientific leader in 3 doctorate and 15 Ph.D. dissertations. Founder of the "Plasma Physics" specialization and Scientific Research Laboratory of Plasma Physics, Laboratory of Nonlinear Electrodynamics in the Yerevan State University.

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