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Stimulated Compton Scattering of Electrons by Standing Waves of Light

Naturevolume 199page683 (1963) | Download Citation



THE production of very intense visible radiation by lasers has facilitated investigations of the interactions between photons and electrons. A recent communication shows that for the case of a beam of multi-GeV electrons incident head-on upon a ruby-laser beam, Compton scattering produces an appreciable quantity of high-energy scattered photons, which largely preserve their initial polarization1. Thomson scattering of a laser beam by a beam of 2-KeV electrons has been observed experimentally2.

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    Milburn, R. H., Phys. Rev. Letters, 10, 75 (1963).

  2. 2

    Fiocco, G., and Thompson, E., Phys. Rev. Letters, 10, 89 (1963).

  3. 3

    Kapitza, P. L., and Dirac, P. A. M., Proc. Cambr. Phil. Soc., 29, 297 (1963).

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