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Theory of Photon Acceleration

1st Edition

By J.T Mendonca

CRC Press

222 pages

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Hardback: 9780750307116
pub: 2000-12-13
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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

Table of Contents


Photon Ray Theory

Photon Dynamics

Photon Kinetic Theory

Photon Equivalent Charge

Full Wave Theory

Nonstationary Processes in a Cavity

Quantum Theory of Photon Acceleration

New Developments

Appendix: Derivation of the Wigner-Moyal Equation

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCIENCE / Physics