What happens when a piece of research is done and published in a journal, or at least submitted to a preprint server at Cornell? The next step is to tell other people about it, by presenting a talk conference or giving a seminar at another University.
So on 25/11/2015, Dr Ben King went to Imperial College to a present a seminar with the title: Laser-based strong-field QED. Ben visited the Plasma Physics research group at Imperial College. The abstract of the talk was:
Since the advent of the laser in the early 1960s, quantum electrodynamics (QED) has been used to predict a variety of new phenomena when charged particles interact with intense laser pulses.
Recent progress in high-intensity laser technology has put several of these phenomena in reach of near-future experiments. Unlike the technology, the progress of theory understanding beyond what was calculated by the 1970s has been limited. In this talk, I will outline some of the theory successes of laser-based strong-field QED and discuss the main challenges and potential benefits of solving them.