Tapered capillaries applied in laser wakefield acceleration

S. Mark Wiggins, Salima Abuazoum, Gregory Vieux, Gregor H. Welsh, Riju C. Issac, M. Ranaul Islam, Bernhard Ersfeld, Enrico Brunetti, Silvia Cipiccia, David W. Grant, Dino A. Jaroszynski

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This paper presents realisation of linearly tapered capillary discharge waveguides (CDWs), manufactured using a femtosecond laser micromachining technique. Waveguiding of a low power, 50 fs duration laser pulse is demonstrated and, despite a slight mismatch of the laser focal spot size with respect to the capillary entrance size, efficient guiding of the Gaussian-shaped laser pulse is obtained. Energy transmission of 80% is obtained for optimal delay of the laser pulse arrival time with respect to the discharge current pulse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 Abstracts IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS)
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-2127-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science ICOPS12 - Edinburgh
Duration: 9 Jul 201212 Jul 2012


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science ICOPS12


  • gaussian distribution
  • capillarity
  • electric discharges
  • optical fabrication
  • optical pulse generation
  • wakefield accelerator


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