Gamma Factory at CERN – novel research tools made of light

The Gamma Factory Collaboration, Andrey Abramov, Siobhan Alden, Alessio Bosco, Stephen Gibson, Laurence Nevay

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We discuss the possibility of creating novel research tools by producing and storing highly relativistic beams of highly ionised atoms in the CERN accelerator complex, and by exciting their atomic degrees of freedom with lasers to produce high-energy photon beams. Intensity of such photon beams would be by several orders of magnitude higher than offered by the presently operating light sources, in the particularly interesting gamma-ray energy domain of 0.1-400 MeV. In this energy range, the high-intensity photon beams can be used to produce secondary beams of polarised electrons, polarised positrons, polarised muons, neutrinos, neutrons and radioactive ions. New research opportunities in a wide domain of fundamental and applied physics can be opened by the Gamma Factory scientific programme based on the above primary and secondary beams.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication XXV Cracow Epiphany Conference on Advances in Heavy Ion Physics
Subtitle of host publication8-11 January 2019, Cracow, Poland
PublisherActa Physica Polonica B
Number of pages12
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jun 2019

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