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EPJ D Topical Issue: High Field QED Physics

Guest Editors: Tong-Pu Yu, Francesco Pegoraro, Gianluca Sarri and David A. Reis.

Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue of EPJD on “High Field QED Physics”.

Recent progress in ultra-high intensity laser technology has opened up new frontiers in several key research topics, including relativistic non-linear optics, high-field quantum electrodynamics (HI-QED), high-energy particle physics, and laboratory astrophysics. Several high-power laser facilities worldwide – such as the CLF, the ELI pillars, SULF, SILEX-II, GIST – have now reported on successful operations at, or even exceeding, PetaWatt (PW)-scale peak powers and focused intensities exceeding 1023 Wcm-2. With such intense laser pulses, the interaction between laser and matter enters into a QED-dominated realm, where extremely rich nonlinear phenomena such as rapid acceleration of electrons and ions, copious electron-positron pair production, and ultra-brilliant gamma-ray emission are involved. These QED processes become important when the electric field in the electron’s rest frame approaches the critical field for QED (the Schwinger field Es= 1.3×1018 Vm-1).

In this context, High field QED physics refers to a wide range of topics, both within and beyond ultra-intense laser interaction with matter. Thus, it includes the advances achieved in high field QED experiments, ultra-intense laser-driven particle acceleration and secondary particle generation, as well as new algorithms and simulation techniques for nonlinear process. The primary motivation for this area of research is that the nonlinear phenomena and multi-photon processes in HI-QED physics have been seldom demonstrated in experiments, and many predictions remain to be identified and thoroughly tested. This requires complex experimental configurations and high-precision diagnostics along with improved fundamental theory and new simulation techniques for such a highly complex system.

High field physics areas now cover a wide range of fundamental physics investigations, and this Topical Issue will provide an updated perspective of these developments, as well as new directions for high field-based studies in these areas.

Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in high field QED experiments
  • New algorithms and simulation techniques for QED process
  • Laser-driven electron-positron pair production
  • Laser-driven high-energy and high-brightness gamma-ray sources
  • Particle acceleration and radiation reaction effect
  • Secondary particle sources based on laser-plasma: muon, pion, neutrino and neutron.
  • High energy astrophysics phenomena
  • QED and QCD theory
  • Laser-based collider experiments and proposals
  • Ultra-intense laser interaction with plasmas
  • Ultra-high power laser technology and facilities
  • Accelerator-based high-field QED physics……

These general topics may be interpreted in the broadest sense, and the issue is open to everyone working in related fields, including those focused on ultra-intense lasers or high energy particle physics and laboratory astrophysics. The topical issue is now open for submission of contributions. Original research papers, review articles, and white paper/roadmap articles are all welcomed. We invite contributors to communicate their intention to submit manuscripts for this Topical Issue to the Guest Editors as soon as possible. Please provide the tentative title of the paper and a short abstract. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJD Editorial Office at https://www.editorialmanager.com/epjd/

Deadline for submission: June 30th 2022

Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue on “High Field QED Physics”. Papers will be published continuously and will appear as soon as accepted on the journal website. The electronic version of the Topical Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More information about EPJD, including instructions for authors is available at http://epjd.epj.org/.

Guest Editors of the Special issue:

Tong-Pu Yu, Department of Physics, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Francesco Pegoraro, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Pisa, largo Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, Italy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gianluca Sarri, School of Mathematics and Physics, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David A. Reis, Stanford PULSE Institute, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA, USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Access

EPJ D is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme. We have a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally). For further information on eligible authors please consult the list of “Transformative Read and Publish agreements” on https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/institutional-agreements.

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