Hybrid laser-plasma wakefield acceleration

B. Hidding, T. Königstein, S. Karsch, O. Willi, G. Pretzler, J. B. Rosenzweig

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The concept of driving a driver/witness-type plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA) with quasimonoenergetic double electron bunches from a laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) is studied. In the quasimonoenergetic LWFA/SMLWFA (self-modulated LWFA) regime, it is possible to generate multiple quasimonoenergetic electron bunches with durations of only a few fs and distances of only a few tens of fs with a comparably simple experimental setup. In a subsequent high-density plasma afterburner stage the witness bunch energy can be boosted in the plasma wakefield generated by the driver. Such a hybrid system can increase the maximum energy output of a laser wakefield accelerator and is well suited to study driver/witness plasma accelerator phenomena and can be used as a cost-effective test-bed for future high-energy plasma-based accelerators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-488
Number of pages6
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event14th Workshop on Advanced Accelerator Concepts, AAC - Annapolis, MD, United States
Duration: 13 Jun 201019 Jun 2010


  • Beam-driven acceleration
  • Laser plasma acceleration


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