Members of the UCL positronium laser spectroscopy group recently attended the 14th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques & Applications (SLOPOS14) in Matsue, Japan. The conference took place from the 22nd to the 27th of May 2016. During this time we heard many great talks from groups working with positrons and positronium (Ps) from all over the world.
We also presented some of our work, including Rydberg-Stark states of Ps (PRL. 115, 173001), laser-enhanced time-of-flight spectroscopy (NJP. 17, 043059), Ps production in cryogenic environments (PRB 93, 125305), controlling annihilation of excited-state Ps (PRL. 115, 183401 & PRA. 93, 012506), and improved SSPALS measurements with LYSO scintillators (NIM. A, 828, 163). The talk “Controlling Annihilation Dynamics of n = 2
Positronium with Electric Fields”, given by Alberto. M. Alonso (PhD student), was awarded a prize for making an outstanding contribution to the conference!
SLOPOS14 was a great opportunity to meet fellow physicists working in our field, to learn of their progress and to share our own. These meetings are important for discussing new results and new ideas, and for building collaborations for future work. We are extremely grateful to the organisers for their hard work in hosting the event.
We look forward to the next SLOPOS, which will be held in Romania in 2019