LUXE experiment: A new frontier in quantum physics

August 1, 2023
LUXE Kollaboration
Concept of the LUXE experiment
LUXE Kollaboration
Map with LUXE-Experiment details

Scientists from the LUXE (Laser Und XFEL Experiment) collaboration have published a Technical Design Report that presents a detailed description of their proposed experiment. The LUXE experiment will combine the high-quality and high-energy electron beam of the European XFEL with a high-intensity laser, to explore the uncharted terrain of quantum electrodynamics (QED) characterised by both high energy and high intensity. New QED phenomena will be detected and measured by a state-of-the-art detector system that will allow a precise comparison of the data with theoretical calculations. The LUXE experiment will also use these strong-field QED processes to design a sensitive search for new particles that couple to photons, such as axionlike particles (ALPs).
The LUXE experiment is being developed by an international collaboration of more than 100 scientists from 26 institutions in 9 countries. The experiment will be located at the European XFEL facility in Hamburg, Germany, which provides a unique source of high-quality and high-energy electron beams.
Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at the Institute of Experimental Particle Physics (ETP) are  responsible for simulation and design of detector options to search for new particles at the final photon beam dump.

Contact persons: Prof. Markus Klute, Prof. Torben Ferber