Sep 24 – 30, 2017
La Biodola, Isola d'Elba
Europe/Rome timezone

A laser-to-beam-driven plasma wakefield accelerator

Sep 28, 2017, 6:36 PM
La Biodola, Isola d'Elba

La Biodola, Isola d'Elba

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talk WG1 - Electron Beams from Plasmas WG1_Parallel


Dr Alberto Martinez de la Ossa (DESY)


Plasma wakefield accelerators can be driven by either an intense laser pulse (LWFA) or a high-current particle beam (PWFA). A plasma accelerator combining both schemes consists of a LWFA providing an electron beam which subsequently drives a PWFA in the highly nonlinear regime. This scenario explicitly makes use of the advantages unique to each method, particularly exploiting the capabilities of PWFA schemes to provide energy-boosted high-brightness beams, while the LWFA stage inherently fulfils the demand for compact high-current electron bunches required as PWFA drivers. Effectively, the subsequent PWFA stage operates as a beam brightness and energy booster of the initial LWFA output, aiming to match the demanding beam quality requirements of accelerator based light sources. We present a design study based on theoretical considerations and full-detailed particle-in-cell simulations, aiming to address the feasibility and the capabilities of this promising strategy. Besides, we report on dedicated studies towards the implementation of a proof-of-principle experiment at the DRACO laser facility at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

Primary author

Dr Alberto Martinez de la Ossa (DESY)


Mr Alexander Knetsch (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY) Mr Alexander Koehler (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf) Dr Arie Irman (Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf) Prof. Bernhard Hidding (University of Strathclyde / Hamburg) Dr Jens Osterhoff (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY) Mr Jurjen P. Coperus (HZDR) Mrs Olena Kononenko (Deutsches-Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)) Dr Ralph Assmann (DESY) Mr Thomas Heinemann (Uni Strathclyde / DESY) Mr Thomas Kurz (HZDR) Prof. Ulrich Schramm (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) Mr Ángel Ferran Pousa (DESY)

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