Apr 22 – 26, 2024
Orto Botanico di Roma
Europe/Rome timezone

Implementing betatron radiation for beam diagnostics studies

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Orto Botanico di Roma

Botanical Garden of Rome Museum of Sapienza University of Rome Largo Cristina di Svezia 24 00165 Roma, RM


Debdeep Ghosal (University of Liverpool)


Betatron radiation is a form of synchrotron radiation emitted by moving or accelerated electron or positron-like charged particles. As a valuable tool it can provide useful information about their trajectories, momentum and acceleration. It has good potential as a novel non-destructive diagnostic for laser-driven plasma wakefield acceleration (LWFA) and beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration (PWFA).

Since information about the properties of the beam is encoded in the betatron radiation, measurements using the Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) method, rich information about the beam parameters (beam spot size, emittance, charge, energy etc.) can be extracted. Machine learning (ML) techniques can then be applied to improve the accuracy of these measurements. It has already been observed that betatron radiation can give an insight into the change in plasma density.

The QUASAR Group, based at the Cockcroft Institute on Daresbury Sci-Tech campus, is planning to build on and expand an existing collaboration with UoM and UCLA and also to apply the technique for the AWAKE experiment at CERN. In this work, a hybrid ML-MLE approach is attempted to optimize the use of these diagnostics and obtain a deep insight into the beam’s parameters e.g. beam spot sizes where ML and MLE individually have their limitations.

Primary author

Debdeep Ghosal (University of Liverpool)


Mr Joe Noakes (University of Liverpool)

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