Dr Tom Heinzl, Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (SECaM) has published an invited article in Europhysics News, the magazine of the European Physical Society, together with two colleagues from Germany. To access the article, please follow this link: https://epn.eps.org/epn-51-4/#16.
The article describes the planned LUXE experiment at the DESY facility (Hamburg, Germany), which will collide the electron beam of the European X-ray Free Electron Laser with that of an intense optical laser. LUXE is an international team effort involving physicists from Germany, Israel and the UK (UCL, QUB, Plymouth, Royal Holloway). Tom and collaborators from SECaM are responsible for the theoretical input guiding the experiment. Its purpose is to understand the physics of laser-matter interactions at high energies and intensities by probing it in an ‘extreme’, but controlled, lab environment. A particular goal will be to produce anti-matter (positrons) through the direct collision of photons, the quantum particles of light.