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Progress towards colliding pulse injection


Generation of ultra short electron bunches by laser-triggered trapping of electrons in plasma-based accelerators is considered. Ultra short, high-quality electron bunches can be produced in a controlled manner by the collision of laser pulses in an excited plasma wave. The basic theory of the colliding pulse injection mechanicsm is reviewed. Experimental progress towards electron beam production through colliding pulse injection is presented.

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