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Demonstration of flying mirror with improved efficiency

Pirozhkov, A. S.; Kando, Masaki; Esirkepov, T. Z.; Fukuda, Yuji; Chen, L.-M.*; Daito, Izuru; Ogura, Koichi; Homma, Takayuki; Hayashi, Yukio; Kotaki, Hideyuki; Sagisaka, Akito; Mori, Michiaki; Koga, J. K.; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Okada, Hajime; Kawase, Keigo; Kameshima, Takashi; Nishimori, Nobuyuki; Ragozin, E. N.*; Faenov, A. Y.; Pikuz, T. A.*; Kimura, Toyoaki*; Tajima, Toshiki; Daido, Hiroyuki; Kato, Yoshiaki* ; Bulanov, S. V.

A strongly nonlinear breaking wake wave driven by an intense laser pulse can act as a partially reflecting relativistic mirror (the Flying Mirror). Upon reflection from such mirror, a counter-propagating optical-frequency laser pulse is directly converted into high-frequency radiation, with a frequency multiplication factor $$approx 4 gamma^2$$ (the double Doppler effect). We present the results of recent experiment in which the photon number in the reflected radiation was more than $$10^3$$ times larger than in our proof-of-principle experiment. It is notable that the energy of laser was increased about three times. The Flying Mirror promises to generate intense coherent ultrashort XUV and X-ray pulses that inherit their temporal shape and polarization from the original optical-frequency (laser) pulses. Furthermore, the reflected radiation bears important information about the reflecting wake wave itself, which can be used for the diagnostics.



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