Photo acceleration has dominated the theoretical plasma physics area in recent years and has found application in all subjects where waves in continuous media are studied - plasma physics, astrophysics, and optics. This theory will provide a modern understanding of photon interaction with matter, helping to develop novel accelerators based on laser-plasma interactions, new radiation sources, and even new models for astrophysical objects.
Written by a major player in the field, this book describes the general theory of photo acceleration, which allows fluid, kinetic, quantum, and classical electrodynamical approaches to be formulated. It includes examples from plasma physics, cosmology, fiber optics, mathematical physics, particle accelerator physics, and radiation physics.
"This book provides a refreshingly new look at photon dynamics in disperse nonlinear media, using both wave and particle descriptions. It highlights the particle behaviour beautifully with the demonstration of photon Landau damping. The power of this new approach using photon kinetics is only now being realized and will prove rich in the highly nonlinear regime. The section on neutrino astrophysics is especially stimulating, demonstrating the power of the approach taken in the book …The book is well written and is a must for researchers in nonlinear physics…"
- Prof. R. Bingham, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Photon Ray Theory
Photon Kinetic Theory
Photon Equivalent Charge
Full Wave Theory
Nonstationary Processes in a Cavity
Quantum Theory of Photon Acceleration
Appendix: Derivation of the Wigner-Moyal Equation