Conveners: Gerald Dunne, Sebastian Meuren, Michael Peskin and Vitaly Yakimenko
The goal of the workshop is to discuss unresolved physics questions associated with a novel type of lepton collider, which exploits strong-field quantum effects . In particular, the proposed collider mitigates beamstrahlung energy losses by utilizing highly compressed lepton bunches, which are shorter than the average photon emission length. It is therefore fundamentally different from existing designs for future high-luminosity lepton colliders such as CLIC and ILC, which minimize beamstrahlung energy losses for fixed luminosity by using flat and elongated bunches. This design raises the possibility of creating a gamma-gamma collider without Compton backscattering, relying instead on hard synchrotron radiation to generate the photons. This new approach depends on aspects of radiation in background fields in the strongly quantum regime that are poorly understood today. The central aim of the workshop is to identify the necessary steps towards a complete quantitative understanding of radiation in extremely strong background fields and its application to bunch collisions in linear electron colliders. Of particular interest is the emitted photon spectrum, and the properties of the electron-positron pair plasma that is created in these extreme background fields. The workshop will address the extent to which physics models in this extreme high-field regime could be tested in the near- and mid-term by strong field QED experiments colliding high energy electrons with intense laser fields. The workshop aims to survey the field, refine research priorities, and identify complementary nonperturbative techniques from related research fields.