Atomic Physics Studies at the Gamma Factory at CERN

authored by
Dmitry Budker, José R. Crespo López-Urrutia, Andrei Derevianko, Victor V. Flambaum, Mieczyslaw Witold Krasny, Alexey Petrenko, Szymon Pustelny, Andrey Surzhykov, Vladimir A. Yerokhin, Max Zolotorev

The Gamma Factory initiative proposes to develop novel research tools at CERN by producing, accelerating, and storing highly relativistic, partially stripped ion beams in the SPS and LHC storage rings. By exciting the electronic degrees of freedom of the stored ions with lasers, high-energy narrow-band photon beams will be produced by properly collimating the secondary radiation that is peaked in the direction of ions' propagation. Their intensities, up to 1017 photons per second, will be several orders of magnitude higher than those of the presently operating light sources in the particularly interesting γ–ray energy domain reaching up to 400 MeV. This article reviews opportunities that may be afforded by utilizing the primary beams for spectroscopy of partially stripped ions circulating in the storage ring, as well as the atomic-physics opportunities made possible by the use of the secondary high-energy photon beams. The Gamma Factory will enable ground-breaking experiments in spectroscopy and novel ways of testing fundamental symmetries of nature.

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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
University of California at Berkeley
Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
University of Nevada, Reno
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Massey University
Universite Paris 6
RAS - Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics
Jagiellonian University
Technische Universität Braunschweig
St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB)
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