Journal of Plasma Physics

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Polarization effect of a chirped Gaussian laser pulse on the electron bunch acceleration

F. SOHBATZADEHa1a2 and H. AKUa1

a1 Physics Department, Science Faculty, Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran (f_sohbatzadeh@yahoo.com, f.sohbat@umz.ac.ir)

a2 Nano and Biotechnology Research Group, Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran

Abstract

In this paper, we investigated the output characteristics of the electron bunch accelerated by a chirped femtosecond laser pulse in vacuum using linear, elliptical and circular polarization states. To examine the features of the energy and angular spectra, emittances and position distribution of the electron bunch numerically, 105 electrons are used. It is found that the initial emittances of the electron bunch together with a proper choice of the polarization state of the laser pulse could lead to the efficient electron bunch acceleration.

(Received October 20 2009)

(Accepted November 08 2009)

(Online publication December 18 2009)