• High Power Laser Science and Engineering
  • Vol. 2, Issue 2, 02000e10 (2014)
Andrea Macchi
Author Affiliations
  • National Institute of Optics, National Research Council (CNR/INO), Research Unit ‘Adriano Gozzini’, Department of Physics ‘Enrico Fermi’, University of Pisa, largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa, Italy
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    A short overview of the theory of acceleration of thin foils driven by the radiation pressure of superintense lasers is presented. A simple criterion for radiation pressure dominance at intensities around is given, and the possibility for fast energy gain in the relativistic regime is discussed.
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    Andrea Macchi. Theory of light sail acceleration by intense lasers: an overview[J]. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2014, 2(2): 02000e10
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    Received: Jan. 1, 2014
    Accepted: Apr. 4, 2014
    Published Online: Dec. 3, 2018
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