AWAKE, the advanced proton driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment at CERN

E. Gschwendtner, E. Adli, L. Amorim, R. Apsimon, R. Assmann, A. -M. Bachmann, F. Batsch, J. Bauche, V. K. Berglyd Olsen, M. Bernardini, R. Bingham, B. Biskup, T. Bohl, C. Bracco, P. N. Burrows, B. Buttenschon, A. Butterworth, A. Caldwell, M. Cascella, E. ChevallayS. Cipiccia, H. Damerau, L. Deacon, P. Dirksen, S. Doebert, U. Dorda, V. Fedosseev, E. Feldbaumer, R. Fiorito, R. Fonseca, F. Friebel, A. A. Gorn, O. Grulke, J. Hansen, C. Hessler, W. Hofle, J. Holloway, M. Huther, D. Jaroszynski, L. Jensen, S. Jolly, A. Joulaei, M. Kasim, F. Keeble, Y. Li, S. Liu, N. Lopes, K. V. Lotov, S. Mandry, R. Martorelli, M. Martyanov, S. Mazzoni, O. Mete, V. A. Minakov, J. Mitchell, J. Moody, P. Muggli, Z. Najmudin, P. Norreys, E. Oz, A. Pardons, K. Pepitone, A. Petrenko, G. Plyushchev, A. Pukhov, K. Rieger, H. Ruhl, F. Salveter, N. Savard, J. Schmidt, A. Seryi, E. Shaposhnikova, Z. M. Sheng, P. Sherwood, L. Silva, L. Soby, A. P. Sosedkin, R. I. Spitsyn, R. Trines, P. V. Tuev, M. Turner, V. Verzilov, J. Vieira, H. Vincke, Y. Wei, C. P. Welsch, M. Wing, G. Xia, H. Zhang

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The Advanced Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment (AWAKE) aims at studying plasma wakefield generation and electron acceleration driven by proton bunches. It is a proof-of-principle R&D experiment at CERN and the world׳s first proton driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment. The AWAKE experiment will be installed in the former CNGS facility and uses the 400 GeV/c proton beam bunches from the SPS. The first experiments will focus on the self-modulation instability of the long (rms ~12 cm) proton bunch in the plasma. These experiments are planned for the end of 2016. Later, in 2017/2018, low energy (~15 MeV) electrons will be externally injected into the sample wakefields and be accelerated beyond 1 GeV. The main goals of the experiment will be summarized. A summary of the AWAKE design and construction status will be presented.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Early online date22 Feb 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Feb 2016


  • proton driven plasma wakefield acceleration
  • linear accelerators
  • plasma wakefield
  • electron acceleration


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