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Lasers & Sources

Wim Leemans plenary talk: Laser-based Particle Acceleration and the Path to TeV Physics and Compact X-Ray and Gamma Ray Sources

Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2013

13 February 2013, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201302.11

Wim Leemans, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.In "Laser-based Particle Acceleration and the Path to TeV Physics and Compact X-Ray and Gamma Ray Sources," Wim Leemans discusses acceleration of electrons using intense laser pulses that excite multigigavolt fields in plasmas and the path forward to practical machines. This discussion includes experiments with the new high-repetition-rate (1Hz) Petawatt BELLA laser aimed at reaching 10 GeV in less than a meter-long accelerator. The potential impact of this work ranges from providing the capability of producing high-energy, ultrashort electron bunches and associated radiation pulses for forefront science in a small laboratory setting, to medical and homeland security applications, to the development of high-energy particle colliders for fundamental science into the origin of matter and energy.

Leemans is a senior scientist and Head of the LOASIS Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (USA) and Director of the BELLA Project, which provides a Petawatt laser operating at 1 Hz