This book presents and describes a series of unusual and striking strong-field phenomena concerning atoms and free electrons. Some of these phenomena are: multiphoton stimulated bremsstrahlung, free-electron lasers, wave-packet physics, above-threshold ionization, and strong-field stabilization in Rydberg atoms. The theoretical foundations and causes of the phenomena are described in detail, with all the approximations and derivations discussed. All the known and relevant experiments are described too, and their results are compared with those of the existing theoretical models.An extensive general theoretical introduction gives a good basis for subsequent parts of the book and is an independent and self-sufficient description of the most efficient theoretical methods of the strong-field and multiphoton physics. This book can serve as a textbook for graduate students.
Introduction to the theory of field-induced atomic transitions; multiphoton stimulated bremsstrahlung; multiphoton Compton scattering and ponderomotive forces in an inhomogeneous light field; free-electron lasers; laser acceleration of electrons; wave packets; above-threshold ionization; stabilization of atoms in a strong ionizing field.