Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

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Herman Batelaan

Date of this Version

2008

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Published in New Journal of Physics 10 (2008) 083036. 1367-2630/08/083036+09$30.00 Copyright © IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. Used by permission.

Abstract

An experimentally accessible scalar Aharonov–Bohm (AB)-effect is proposed using a ponderomotive potential induced by a pulsed laser. This ponderomotive AB (PAB)-effect is unique in that the time-averaged description is classified as type-I, whereas the underlying time-dependent theory is classified as type-II. Not only is the PAB-effect of fundamental interest, it may also be used to characterize ultrashort electron pulses (fs), using low power femtosecond lasers, which is important for ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy.

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