Sep 18 – 24, 2022
Hotel Hermitage, La Biodola Bay, Isola d'Elba, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Alternating phase focusing and approaching large net energy gain in photonic chip-based particle acceleration

Sep 20, 2022, 7:20 PM
Sala Elena - Hotel Hermitage

Sala Elena - Hotel Hermitage

Poster (student) Poster Session


Ms Stefanie Kraus (Chair of laserphysics (FAU))


Building small scale particle accelerators on a photonic chip may lead to revolutionary applications of particle accelerators, including new minimally invasive beam irradiation tools for physicians. All individual elements required for particle accelerators on a chip have been demonstrated, but a beam confinement scheme matched to the nano- and micrometer size was needed. By alternately focusing and defocusing the electrons in the transverse and longitudinal directions, the alternating phase focusing (APF) allows, in principle, lossless transport over extended distances [1]. In accordance with particle tracking predictions, we have experimentally demonstrated this low-loss electron transport through a silicon-based nanostructure measuring 77.7 micrometers in length [2,3]. On this poster, we show these results and the current status of the experiment to demonstrate particle acceleration over extended distances and with a significant energy gain.
[1] Niedermayer, U., Egenolf, T., Boine-Frankenheim, O., Hommelhoff, P., Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 214801 (2018).
[2] Shiloh, R., Illmer, J., Chlouba, T., Yousefi, P., Schönenberger, N., Niedermayer, U., Mittelbach, A., Hommelhoff, P., Nature 597, 498–502 (2021).
[3] Shiloh, R., Chlouba, T., Hommelhoff, P., Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 40, 010602 (2022).

Primary author

Ms Stefanie Kraus (Chair of laserphysics (FAU))


Peter Hommelhoff (University of Erlangen and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) Dr Tomas Chlouba (Friedrich-Alexander University) Leon Brueckner (Friedrich-Alexander University) Dr Roy Shiloh (Friedrich-Alexander University) Johannes Illmer (Chair for Laserphysics, FAU)

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