Directions in plasma wakefield acceleration

B. Hidding, B. Foster, Hogan M. J., P. Muggli, J. B. Rosenzweig

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This introductory article is a synopsis of the status and prospects of particle-beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration (PWFA). Conceptual and experimental breakthroughs obtained over the last years have initiated a rapid growth of the research field, and increased maturity of underlying technology allows an increasing number of research groups to engage in experimental R&D. We briefly describe the fundamental mechanisms of PWFA, from which its chief attractions arise. Most importantly, this is the capability of extremely rapid acceleration of electrons and positrons at gradients many orders of magnitude larger than in conventional accelerators. This allows the size of accelerator units to be shrunk from the kilometre to metre scale, and possibly the quality of accelerated electron beam output to be improved by orders of magnitude. In turn, such compact and high-quality accelerators are potentially transformative for applications across natural, material and life sciences. This overview provides contextual background for the manuscripts of this issue, resulting from a Theo Murphy meeting held in the summer of 2018. This article is part of the Theo Murphy meeting issue ‘Directions in particle beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration’.
LanguageEnglish
Article number20190215
Number of pages6
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume377
Issue number2151
Early online date24 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • free-electron lasers
  • high-energy physics
  • light sources
  • particle accelerators
  • plasma wakefield acceleration

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In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol. 377, No. 2151, 20190215, 12.08.2019.

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