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Title: General features of experiments on the dynamics of laser-driven electron–positron beams

Abstract

The experimental study of the dynamics of neutral electron–positron beams is an emerging area of research, enabled by the recent results on the generation of this exotic state of matter in the laboratory. Electron–positron beams and plasmas are believed to play a major role in the dynamics of extreme astrophysical objects such as supermassive black holes and pulsars. For instance, they are believed to be the main constituents of a large number of astrophysical jets, and they have been proposed to significantly contribute to the emission of gamma-ray bursts and their afterglow. However, despite extensive numerical modelling and indirect astrophysical observations, a detailed experimental characterisation of the dynamics of these objects is still at its infancy. Here in this paper, we will report on some of the general features of experiments studying the dynamics of electron–positron beams in a fully laser-driven setup.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [1];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [1];  [6];  [4];  [4];  [1];  [7];  [8];  [1];  [1]
  1. Queen’s Univ. Belfast, Belfast (United States). School of Mathematics and Physics
  2. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  3. Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France)
  4. Imperial College, London (United Kingdom). John Adams Inst. for Accelerator Science, Blackett Lab.
  5. Imperial College, London (United Kingdom). John Adams Inst. for Accelerator Science, Blackett Lab
  6. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Center for Ultrafast Optical Science
  7. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Oxford (United Kingdom). Rutherford Appleton Lab. (RAL), Central Laser facility
  8. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Center for Ultrafast Optical Science; Lancaster Univ. (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
OSTI Identifier:
1490681
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515; EP/N022696/1; EP/N027175/1; EP/L013975/1; EP/N002644/1; EP/P010059/1
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 909; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; Electron–positron plasmas; Proton radiography; Laser wakefield acceleration

Citation Formats

Warwick, J. R., Alejo, A., Dzelzainis, T., Schumaker, W., Doria, D., Romagnani, L., Poder, K., Cole, J. M., Yeung, M., Krushelnick, K., Mangles, S. P. D., Najmudin, Z., Samarin, G. M., Symes, D., Thomas, A. G. R., Borghesi, M., and Sarri, G.. General features of experiments on the dynamics of laser-driven electron–positron beams. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2018.02.054.
Warwick, J. R., Alejo, A., Dzelzainis, T., Schumaker, W., Doria, D., Romagnani, L., Poder, K., Cole, J. M., Yeung, M., Krushelnick, K., Mangles, S. P. D., Najmudin, Z., Samarin, G. M., Symes, D., Thomas, A. G. R., Borghesi, M., & Sarri, G.. General features of experiments on the dynamics of laser-driven electron–positron beams. United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2018.02.054
Warwick, J. R., Alejo, A., Dzelzainis, T., Schumaker, W., Doria, D., Romagnani, L., Poder, K., Cole, J. M., Yeung, M., Krushelnick, K., Mangles, S. P. D., Najmudin, Z., Samarin, G. M., Symes, D., Thomas, A. G. R., Borghesi, M., and Sarri, G.. Thu . "General features of experiments on the dynamics of laser-driven electron–positron beams". United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2018.02.054. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1490681.
@article{osti_1490681,
title = {General features of experiments on the dynamics of laser-driven electron–positron beams},
author = {Warwick, J. R. and Alejo, A. and Dzelzainis, T. and Schumaker, W. and Doria, D. and Romagnani, L. and Poder, K. and Cole, J. M. and Yeung, M. and Krushelnick, K. and Mangles, S. P. D. and Najmudin, Z. and Samarin, G. M. and Symes, D. and Thomas, A. G. R. and Borghesi, M. and Sarri, G.},
abstractNote = {The experimental study of the dynamics of neutral electron–positron beams is an emerging area of research, enabled by the recent results on the generation of this exotic state of matter in the laboratory. Electron–positron beams and plasmas are believed to play a major role in the dynamics of extreme astrophysical objects such as supermassive black holes and pulsars. For instance, they are believed to be the main constituents of a large number of astrophysical jets, and they have been proposed to significantly contribute to the emission of gamma-ray bursts and their afterglow. However, despite extensive numerical modelling and indirect astrophysical observations, a detailed experimental characterisation of the dynamics of these objects is still at its infancy. Here in this paper, we will report on some of the general features of experiments studying the dynamics of electron–positron beams in a fully laser-driven setup.},
doi = {10.1016/j.nima.2018.02.054},
journal = {Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment},
number = C,
volume = 909,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {2}
}

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