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Laser Driven Plasma Accelerators
Author(s): Francis F Chen
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Paper Abstract

Linear particle accelerators can be made 100-1000 times shorter than conventional ones if the electric field of an electron plasma wave is used instead of that of a microwave cavity. Intense plasma waves can be excited by particle beams or laser beams. The most advanced concept, the Beat-wave Accelerator, has been studied extensively in theory, simulation, and experiment. Small-scale experiments have already demonstrated fields of order 1GeV/m, the existence of accelerated electrons, the effects of com-peting processes, and the nature of wave saturation. A proof-of-principle experiment employing a subnanosecond CO2 laser is in progress.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0913, High Intensity Laser-Matter Interactions, (11 July 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.965123
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Francis F Chen, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0913:
High Intensity Laser-Matter Interactions
Hector A. Baldis; E. Michael Campbell, Editor(s)

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