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

Plasma targets for the laser-plasma driven undulator x-ray source LUX

Sep 27, 2017, 7:30 PM
Parking Area, Hotel Hermitage

Parking Area, Hotel Hermitage

poster WG5 - High-Gradient Plasma Structures/Advanced Beam Diagnostics Wine and Poster Session 2 (WG4-WG5-WG6-WG7)


Mr Philipp Messner (University of Hamburg)


Laser-plasma accelerator are promising candidates to provide ultra-relativistic electron beams for compact light sources. However, the generation of stable, high quality electron beams which are necessary to drive such a compact light source is challenging. The main determining factors are thereby the plasma properties which are given by the structure of the cm-scaled plasma target itself. Here, wepresent the design process of the LUX plasma targets. Based on computational fluid dynamic simulations, targets were produced allowing to control the plasma properties and to set stable, repeatable conditions. Raman spectroscopy measurements of the gas density in the target confirm these simulations. Furthermore, results from target machining in sapphire crystals using a femtosecond laser system with KHZ repetition rate are presented and compared to the machining with state of the art milling machines.

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Mr Philipp Messner (University of Hamburg)


Andreas Maier (CFEL/UHH) Mr Niels Delbos (University of Hamburg / Center for Free Electron Laser Science)

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