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

Electron bunch seeding of the self-modulation instability in plasma

Sep 19, 2022, 4:25 PM
Sala Maria Luisa - Hotel Hermitage

Sala Maria Luisa - Hotel Hermitage

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Livio Verra (CERN)


We show experimentally that the self-modulation instability of a long 400 GeV proton bunch can be seeded by a preceding short 18 MeV electron bunch. We prove that the timing of the self-modulation is reproducible from event to event, and that it is controlled by the timing of the seed bunch.We show that the amplitude of the seed wakefields depends on the parameters of the seed electron bunch, and that the growth rate of the self-modulation depends on those of the proton bunch.
The electron bunch seeding of the self-modulation in plasma is an important milestone on the path towards proton driven plasma wakefield acceleration of electron bunches, with quality and energy suitable for high-energy physics application, such as in the AWAKE experiment.

Primary author


Giovanni Zevi Della Porta Edda Gschwendtner (CERN) Michele Bergamaschi (Max-Planck-Institut für Physik/CERN) Tatiana Nechaeva (Max-Planck-Institut fur Physik (DE)) Jan Pucek (Max-Planck Institute for Physics) Patric Muggli (Max-Planck-Institut für Physik)

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