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

Investigating extreme conditions using laser-wakefield accelerator sources

Sep 19, 2019, 4:20 PM
Sala Elena (SE) (Hotel Hermitage)

Sala Elena (SE)

Hotel Hermitage

talk WG4 - Application of compact and high-gradient accelerators WG4


Brendan Kettle (Imperial College London)


High-intensity laser facilities can now routinely generate GeV electron bunches and broadband multi-keV X-rays using laser-driven wakefield accelerators. These energetic sources are ultra-short in duration (femtoseconds) with a small source size (microns) and low divergence (miliradians). They are also inherently synchronised to the drive laser itself, making pump-probe setups possible.

The TeX-Mex project aims to utilise these unique capabilities to perform experimental measurements of various physical phenomena in extreme conditions. This includes X-ray absorption measurements of high-energy-density samples which mirror the interior of large astrophysical objects, and the study of high-density photon interactions that give rise to QED and high-field processes such as Breit-Wheeler pair production and radiation reaction effects.

An overview of the project is given and a summary of recent results from experimental campaigns conducted by our group and on-going collaborations is presented.

Primary author

Brendan Kettle (Imperial College London)


Dr Rory Baggott (Imperial College London) Elias Gerstmayr (Imperial College London) Robbie Watt (Imperial College London) Cary Colgan (Imperial College London) Ms Eva Los (Imperial College London) Ms Wei Wu (Imperial College London) Dr Matthew Streeter (Imperial College London) Prof. Steven Rose (Imperial College London & Oxford University) Stuart Mangles (Imperial College London)

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