In situ characterization of ultraintense laser pulses
Journal article, 2018
We present a method for determining the characteristics of an intense laser pulse by probing it with a relativistic electron beam. After an initial burst of very high-energy γ-radiation the electrons proceed to emit a series of attosecond duration x-ray pulses as they leave the field. These flashes provide detailed information about the interaction, allowing us to determine properties of the laser pulse: something that is currently a challenge for ultrahigh intensity laser systems.