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  • Received: Jun. 12, 2020

    Accepted: Aug. 25, 2020

    Posted: Dec. 10, 2020

    Published Online: Nov. 23, 2020

    The Author Email: Markus Büscher (, Liangliang Ji (

    DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2020.35

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    Markus Büscher, Anna Hützen, Liangliang Ji, Andreas Lehrach. Generation of polarized particle beams at relativistic laser intensities[J]. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2020, 8(4): 04000e36

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High Power Laser Science and Engineering, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 04000e36 (2020)

Generation of polarized particle beams at relativistic laser intensities

Markus Büscher1,2,*, Anna Hützen1,2, Liangliang Ji3,4,*, and Andreas Lehrach5,6

Author Affiliations

  • 1Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • 2Institut für Laser- und Plasmaphysik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 3State Key Laboratory of High Field Laser Physics, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai201800, China
  • 4CAS Center for Excellence in Ultra-intense Laser Science, Shanghai201800, China
  • 5JARA-FAME (Forces and Matter Experiments), Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • 6Institut für Kernphysik (IKP-4), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany


The acceleration of polarized electrons, positrons, protons and ions in strong laser and plasma fields is a very attractive option for obtaining polarized beams in the multi-mega-electron volt range. Recently, there has been substantial progress in the understanding of the dominant mechanisms leading to high degrees of polarization, in the numerical modeling of these processes and in their experimental implementation. This review paper presents an overview on the current state of the field, and on the concepts of polarized laser–plasma accelerators and of beam polarimetry.


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