Quantumlike dynamics of classical particles in ponderomotive potentials

I. Y. Dodin, N. J. Fisch

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The average dynamics of a classical particle under the action of a high-frequency radiation resembles quantum particle motion in a conservative field with an effective de Broglie wavelength λ equal to the particle average displacement on the oscillation period. In a quasiclassical field, with a spatial scale large compared to λ, the guiding-center motion is adiabatic. Otherwise, a particle exhibits quantized eigenstates in ponderomotive potential wells, tunnels through "classically forbidden" regions, and experiences stochastic reflection from attractive potentials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 9 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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