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Title: Laser-Particle Collider for Multi-GeV Photon Production

Abstract

As an alternative to Compton backscattering and bremsstrahlung, the process of colliding high-energy electron beams with strong laser fields can more efficiently provide both a cleaner and brighter source of photons in the multi-GeV range for fundamental studies in nuclear and quark-gluon physics. In order to favor the emission of high-energy quanta and minimize their decay into electron-positron pairs, the fields must not only be sufficiently strong, but also well localized. We here examine these aspects and develop the concept of a laser-particle collider tailored for high-energy photon generation. We show that the use of multiple colliding laser pulses with 0.4 PW of total power is capable of converting more than 18% of multi-GeV electrons passing through the high-field region into photons, each of which carries more than half of the electron initial energy.

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Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
OSTI Identifier:
1529700
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1576503
Grant/Contract Number:  
[AC02-05CH11231]
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
[Journal Name: Physical Review Letters Journal Volume: 122 Journal Issue: 25]; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; Lasers; Particle interactions; Relativistic multiple-particle dynamics

Citation Formats

Magnusson, J., Gonoskov, A., Marklund, M., Esirkepov, T. Zh., Koga, J. K., Kondo, K., Kando, M., Bulanov, S. V., Korn, G., and Bulanov, S. S. Laser-Particle Collider for Multi-GeV Photon Production. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.254801.
Magnusson, J., Gonoskov, A., Marklund, M., Esirkepov, T. Zh., Koga, J. K., Kondo, K., Kando, M., Bulanov, S. V., Korn, G., & Bulanov, S. S. Laser-Particle Collider for Multi-GeV Photon Production. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.254801.
Magnusson, J., Gonoskov, A., Marklund, M., Esirkepov, T. Zh., Koga, J. K., Kondo, K., Kando, M., Bulanov, S. V., Korn, G., and Bulanov, S. S. Thu . "Laser-Particle Collider for Multi-GeV Photon Production". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.254801.
@article{osti_1529700,
title = {Laser-Particle Collider for Multi-GeV Photon Production},
author = {Magnusson, J. and Gonoskov, A. and Marklund, M. and Esirkepov, T. Zh. and Koga, J. K. and Kondo, K. and Kando, M. and Bulanov, S. V. and Korn, G. and Bulanov, S. S.},
abstractNote = {As an alternative to Compton backscattering and bremsstrahlung, the process of colliding high-energy electron beams with strong laser fields can more efficiently provide both a cleaner and brighter source of photons in the multi-GeV range for fundamental studies in nuclear and quark-gluon physics. In order to favor the emission of high-energy quanta and minimize their decay into electron-positron pairs, the fields must not only be sufficiently strong, but also well localized. We here examine these aspects and develop the concept of a laser-particle collider tailored for high-energy photon generation. We show that the use of multiple colliding laser pulses with 0.4 PW of total power is capable of converting more than 18% of multi-GeV electrons passing through the high-field region into photons, each of which carries more than half of the electron initial energy.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.254801},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = [25],
volume = [122],
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
}

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