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Generation of neutral and high-density electron–positron pair plasmas in the laboratory

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Di Piazza,  Antonino
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Reville,  B.
Brian Reville, Astrophysical Plasma Theory (APT) - Max Planck Research Group, Junior Research Groups, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Keitel,  Christoph H.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Sarri, G., Poder, K., Cole, J. M., Schumaker, W., Di Piazza, A., Reville, B., et al. (2015). Generation of neutral and high-density electron–positron pair plasmas in the laboratory. Nature Communications, 6: 6747. doi:10.1038/ncomms7747.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0026-C6BC-5
Abstract
We report on the laser-driven generation of purely neutral, relativistic electron-positron pair plasmas. The overall charge neutrality, high average Lorentz factor ($\gamma_{e/p} \approx 15$), small divergence ($\theta_{e/p} \approx 10 - 20$ mrad), and high density ($n_{e/p}\simeq 10^{15}$cm$^{-3}$) of these plasmas open the pathway for the experimental study of the dynamics of this exotic state of matter, in regimes that are of relevance to electron-positron astrophysical plasmas.