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A Compact 100 MeV Accelerator Based On Plasma Wakefields
Author(s): T. Katsouleas; J. J. Su; W. B. Mori; C. Joshi; J. M. Dawson
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Paper Abstract

In the Plasma Wakefield Accelerator short electron bunches accelerate by surfing on ultra-high gradient plasma waves excited by a lower voltage, higher current electron beam. This paper reviews the concept of and recent progress on the Plasma Wakefield Accelerator. Proof-of-principle experiments have recently been carried out at Argonne National Laboratory and modelled at UCLA. Computer simulations of the experimental conditions confirm the importance of non-linear beam self-pinching and wave steepening in the experiment. The results of the experiment are encouraging for a next phase of experiments to demonstrate a 100 MeV compact accelerator ( < 1 to 2 meters) based on a plasma wakefield device driven by a laser photo-injector linac.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 1989
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1061, Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts, (25 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951823
Show Author Affiliations
T. Katsouleas, University of California (United States)
J. J. Su, University of California (United States)
W. B. Mori, University of California (United States)
C. Joshi, University of California (United States)
J. M. Dawson, University of California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1061:
Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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