Sep 15 – 21, 2019
Hotel Hermitage, La Biodola Bay, Isola d'Elba, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Seeding with an electron bunch the self-modulation of a long, relativistic particle bunch in a plasma

Sep 18, 2019, 7:00 PM
Parking Area (Hotel Hermitage)

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Hotel Hermitage

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Patric Muggli (Max-Planck-Institut für Physik)


Seeding of the drive bunch self-modulation (SM) process is essential when using a long particle bunch (σz>>λpe) to drive wakefields in plasma. Seeding in principle leads to a SM phase reproducible from event-to-event, allowing for deterministic injection of an electron witness bunch to be accelerated.
Since external injection requires generation of an electron bunch in an RF-gun or LWFA, we explore opportunities and challenges related to also using an electron bunch for seeding of the SM process in AWAKE. Seeding with an electron bunch has a number of possible advantages over seeding with a relativistic ionization front: no high-power laser needed, use of a source with pre-formed plasma (helicon, discharge, etc.), effective use of the entire drive bunch to drive wakefields, etc. It may also has have some difficulties: implementation of a plasma density step, evolution of the seed bunch if not matched to the plasma focusing force, energy loss and dephasing of the seed bunch, etc.

Primary authors

Patric Muggli (Max-Planck-Institut für Physik) Anna-Maria Bachmann (CERN) Mathias Hüther (Max-Planck-Institut für Physik) Mariana Moreira (IST, CERN) Jorge Vieira (Instituto Superior Tecnico)

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