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HIGH field physics and QED experiments at ELI-NP

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  • I. C. E. Turcu
  • F. Negoita
  • D. A. Jaroszynski
  • P. Mckenna
  • S. Balascuta
  • D. Ursescu
  • I. Dancus
  • M. O. Cernaianu
  • M. V. Tataru
  • P. Ghenuche
  • D. Stutman
  • A. Boianu
  • M. Risca
  • M. Toma
  • C. Petcu
  • G. Acbas
  • S. R. Yoffe
  • B. Ersfeld
  • E. Brunetti
  • R. Capdessus
  • C. Murphy
  • C. P. Ridgers
  • D. Neely
  • S. P. D. Mangles
  • R. J. Gray
  • J. G. Kirk
  • A. Ilderton
  • M. Marklund
  • D. F. Gordon
  • B. Hafizi
  • D. Kaganovich
  • J. P. Palastro
  • E. D'Humieres
  • M. Zepf
  • G. Sarri
  • H. Gies
  • F. Karbstein
  • J. Schreiber
  • G. G. Paulus
  • B. Dromey
  • C. Harvey
  • A. Di Piazza
  • C. H. Keitel
  • M. C. Kaluza
  • S. Gales
  • N. V. Zamfir
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Romanian Reports in Physics
Issue numberELI-NP Technical Design Reports Supplement 2016
Number of pages87
Pages (from-to)S145-S231
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


ELI-NP facility will enable for the first time the use of two 10 PW laser beams for quantum electrodynamics (QED) experiments. The first beam will accelerate electrons to relativistic energies. The second beam will subject relativistic electrons to the strong electromagnetic field generating QED processes: intense gamma ray radiation and electron-positron pair formation. The laser beams will be focused to intensities above 10(21) Wcm(-2) and reaching 10(22)-10(23) Wcm(-2) for the first time. We propose to use this capability to investigate new physical phenomena at the interfaces of plasma, nuclear and particle physics at ELI-NP. This High Power Laser System Technical Design Report (HPLS-TDR2) presents the experimental area E6 at ELI-NP for investigating high field physics and quantum electrodynamics and the production of electron-positron-pairs and of energetic gamma-rays. The scientific community submitted 12 commissioning runs for E6 interaction chamber with two 10 PW laser beams and one proposal for the CETAL interaction chamber with 1 PW laser. The proposals are representative of the international high field physics community being written by 48 authors from 14 European and US organizations. The proposals are classified according to the science area investigated into: Radiation Reaction Physics: Classical and Quantum; Compton and Thomson Scattering Physics: Linear and Non Linear Regimes; QED in Vacuum; Atoms in Extreme Fields. Two pump-probe colliding 10 PW laser beams are proposed for the E6 interaction chamber. The focused pump laser beam accelerates the electrons to relativistic energies. The accelerated electron bunches interact with the very high electro-magnetic field of the focused probe laser beam. We propose two main types of experiments with: (a) gas targets in which the pump laser-beam is focused by a long focal length mirror and drives a wakefield in which the electron bunch is accelerated to multi-GeV energies and then exposed to the EM field of the probe laser which is tightly focused; (b) solid targets in which both the pump and probe laser beams are focused on the solid target, one accelerating the electrons in the solid and the other, delayed, providing the high electric field to which the relativistic electrons are subjected. We propose four main focusing configurations for the pump and probe laser beams, two for each type of target: counter-propagating 10 PW focused laser beams and the two 10 PW laser beams focused in the same direction. For solid targets we propose an additional configuration with plasma-mirror on the pump laser beam: the plasma mirror placed between the focusing mirror and target. It is proposed that the 10 PW laser beams will have polarization control and focus control by means of adaptive optics. Initially only one 10 PW may have polarization control and adaptive optics. In order to accommodate the two laser beams and diagnostics the proposed interaction chamber is quasi-octagonal with a diameter of 4.5 m. A large electron-spectrometer is proposed for multi-GeV electrons. Other diagnostics are requested for: gamma-rays, electrons and positrons, protons and ions, plasma characterization, transmitted and reflected laser beam. Targets will be provided by the ELI-NP Target Laboratory or purchased. The E6 experiments and diagnostics will benefit from the ELI-NP Electronics Laboratory, the Workshop and the Optics Laboratory. In order to ensure radiation-protection, a large beam-dump is planned for both multi-GeV electrons and multi-100 MeV protons.