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author = {Pike, OJ and Mackenroth, F and Hill, EG and Rose, SJ},
doi = {10.1038/nphoton.2014.95},
journal = {Nature Photonics},
pages = {434--436},
title = {A photon-photon collider in a vacuum hohlraum},
url = {},
volume = {8},
year = {2014}

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AB - The ability to create matter from light is amongst the most striking predictions of quantum electrodynamics. Experimental signatures of this have been reported in the scattering of ultra-relativistic electron beams with laser beams1,2, intense laser–plasma interactions3 and laser-driven solid target scattering4. However, all such routes involve massive particles. The simplest mechanism by which pure light can be transformed into matter, Breit–Wheeler pair production (γγ′ → e+e−)5, has never been observed in the laboratory. Here, we present the design of a new class of photon–photon collider in which a gamma-ray beam is fired into the high-temperature radiation field of a laser-heated hohlraum. Matching experimental parameters to current-generation facilities, Monte Carlo simulations suggest that this scheme is capable of producing of the order of 105 Breit–Wheeler pairs in a single shot. This would provide the first realization of a pure photon–photon collider, representing the advent of a new type of high-energy physics experiment.
AU - Pike,OJ
AU - Mackenroth,F
AU - Hill,EG
AU - Rose,SJ
DO - 10.1038/nphoton.2014.95
EP - 436
PY - 2014///
SN - 1749-4885
SP - 434
TI - A photon-photon collider in a vacuum hohlraum
T2 - Nature Photonics
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VL - 8
ER -