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

Plasma sources for laser- and beam-driven plasma accelerators

Sep 26, 2017, 9:10 AM
SML, Sala Maria Luisa, Hotel Hermitage

SML, Sala Maria Luisa, Hotel Hermitage

talk Invited Plenary Talk Plenary 3


Prof. Simon Hooker (University of Oxford)


All plasma accelerators require a region of plasma in which the plasma waves are driven, yet this key component is often taken for granted. The plasma source will usually need to be well-defined in terms of its spatial extent, density, uniformity, and composition. Further, plasma does not exist at room temperature, and hence the ionization mechanism must be considered; the plasma may need to perform other functions, such as optical guiding; and the design of the plasma source may be constrained by its environment, for example by materials compatibility or vacuum requirements. I will review the plasma sources used to date in plasma accelerators driven by particle beams and laser pulses, and will try to identify the main challenges for the next generation of plasma accelerators.

Primary author

Prof. Simon Hooker (University of Oxford)

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