Jan 10 – 14, 2022
Online only
Europe/London timezone

LUXE: A new experiment to study non-perturbative QED in electron-LASER and photon-LASER collisions

Jan 12, 2022, 12:40 PM
Online only

Online only

Parallel session talk Future experiments and facilities Future experiments and facilities


Ruth Magdalena Jacobs (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))


The LUXE experiment (LASER Und XFEL Experiment) is a new experiment in planning at DESY Hamburg using the electron beam of the European XFEL. LUXE is intended to study collisions between a high-intensity optical laser and 16.5 GeV electrons from the XFEL electron beam, as well as collisions between the optical LASER and high-energy secondary photons. The physics objective of LUXE are processes of Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) at the strong-field frontier, where the electromagnetic field of the laser is above the Schwinger limit. In this regime, QED is non-perturbative. This manifests itself in the creation of physical electron-positron pairs from the QED vacuum, similar to Hawking radiation from black holes. LUXE intends to measure the positron production rate in an unprecedented LASER intensity regime. An overview of the LUXE experimental setup and its challenges will be given, followed by a discussion of the expected physics reach in the context of testing QED in the non-perturbative regime.

Primary author

Jenny List (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))

Presentation materials