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Published in JETP Letters, Vol. 76, No. 5, 2002, pp. 258–263. Copyright © 2002 MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”;
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Translated from Pis’ma v Zhurnal Éksperimental’noĭ i Teoreticheskoĭ Fiziki, Vol. 76, No. 5, 2002, pp. 316–321. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Manakov, Starace, Flegel, and Frolov.


An exact quantum solution of the problem of electron scattering from a short-range potential in the presence of a strong elliptically polarized laser field is obtained. The differential scattering cross section as a function of the number of absorbed (or emitted) photons exhibits a plateau caused by the rescattering of electrons from the scattering center. Numerical results for a linearly polarized laser field are presented, and it is shown that the plateau boundaries agree well with classical estimates.

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