Electron-positron plasmas have been of theoretical interest for decades, due to the unique plasma physics that arises from all charged particles having precisely identical mass. It is only recently, though, that developments in non-neutral plasma physics (both in linear and toroidal geometries) and in the flux of sources for cold positrons have brought the goal of conducting electron-positron pair plasma experiments within reach. The APEX/PAX collaboration is working on a number of projects in parallel toward that goal; this paper provides an overview of recent, current, and upcoming activities.
Progress toward positron-electron pair plasma experiments
E. V. Stenson, H. Saitoh, J. Stanja, H. Niemann, U. Hergenhahn, T. Sunn Pedersen, G. H. Marx, L. Schweikhard, J. R. Danielson, C. M. Surko, C. Hugenschmidt; Progress toward positron-electron pair plasma experiments. AIP Conf. Proc. 29 June 2015; 1668 (1): 040004. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4923117
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