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Investigation of classical radiation reaction with aligned crystals


Di Piazza,  A.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Di Piazza, A., Wistisen, T. N., & Uggerhøj, U. I. (2017). Investigation of classical radiation reaction with aligned crystals. Physics Letters B, 765, 1-5. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.10.083.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002C-2159-5
Classical radiation reaction is the effect of the electromagnetic field emitted by an accelerated electric charge on the motion of the charge itself. The self-consistent underlying classical equation of motion including radiation-reaction effects, the Landau-Lifshitz equation, has never been tested experimentally, in spite of the first theoretical treatments of radiation reaction having been developed more than a century ago. Here we show that classical radiation reaction effects, in particular those due to the near electromagnetic field, as predicted by the Landau-Lifshitz equation, can be measured using presently available facilities, in the energy emission spectrum of $10$-$\text{GeV}$ electrons crossing a $0.5$-$\text{mm}$ thick diamond crystal in the axial channeling regime. Our theoretical results demonstrate the feasibility of the suggested setup, e.g., at the CERN Secondary Beam Areas (SBA) beamlines.