Testing general relativity with laser accelerated electron beams
- Conference date: 14–18 November 2011
- Location: Szeged, Hungary
Electron accelerations of the order of 1021 g obtained by laser fields open up the possibility of experimentally testing one of the cornerstones of general relativity, the weak equivalence principle, which states that the local effects of a gravitational field are indistinguishable from those sensed by a properly accelerated observer in flat space-time. We illustrate how this can be done by solving the Einstein equations in vacuum and integrating the geodesic equations of motion for a uniformly accelerated particle.
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