Europhys. Lett.
Volume 76, Number 1, October 2006
Page(s) 29 - 35
Section Atomic and molecular physics
Published online 25 August 2006
Europhys. Lett., 76 (1), pp. 29-35 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2006-10226-2

Microscopic laser-driven high-energy colliders

K. Z. Hatsagortsyan, C. Müller and C. H. Keitel

Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik - Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany

received 9 June 2006; accepted in final form 7 August 2006
published online 25 August 2006

The concept of a laser-guided e+e- collider in the single-femtosecond and high-energy regime is presented and its feasibility discussed. Ultra-intense laser pulses and strong static magnetic fields are employed to unite in one stage the electron and positron acceleration and their microscopic coherent collision in the GeV regime. We show that such coherent collisions yield a very large enhancement of the luminosity as compared to conventional incoherent colliders.

34.50.Rk - Laser-modified scattering and reactions.
41.75.Jv - Laser-driven acceleration.
36.10.Dr - Positronium, muonium, muonic atoms and molecules.

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