Proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration---a new route to a TeV e+e- collider

Lead Research Organisation: STFC - Laboratories

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Publications

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Bauche J (2019) A magnetic spectrometer to measure electron bunches accelerated at AWAKE in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Bracco C (2016) AWAKE: A Proton-Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment at CERN in Nuclear and Particle Physics Proceedings

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Caldwell A (2016) Path to AWAKE: Evolution of the concept in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Caldwell A (2016) VHEeP: a very high energy electron-proton collider in The European Physical Journal C

 
Description We have defined the baseline energy spectrometer for the AWAKE experiment. This instrument will measure the energy to which electrons are accelerated using a novel technological scheme.
Exploitation Route Proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration is really focussed on applications for particle physics. However, work developed for plasma wakefield acceleration as a whole is useful for the whole technology of having smaller particle accelerators.
Sectors Education,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Other

 
Description We are still in an R&D phase and future funding is needed to be able to realise proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration for the first time.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description FP7
Amount € 133,425 (EUR)
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 05/2013 
End 04/2017
 
Title Generation of intense coherent THz, XUV and X-ray radiation 
Description We are developing coherent radiation sources based on laser-plasma interactions and are investigating several novel methods. One method uses the plasma bubble as an X-ray radiation sources, while the other uses a pre-formed plasma ion channel as a wiggler. We are also investigating using the high charge electron bunches that are emitted from the plasma bubble as a means of producing very high energy (relativity) THz pulses. We are also exploring using plasma dipoles excited using counter-propagating pulses in plasma as an efficient source of THz radiation. The Z-ray/XUV pulses have durations of attoseconds to femtoseconds. The THz pulses are either single to a few cycle duration. The radiation pulses are intrinsically synchronised with the driving laser pulses. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Could provide powerful tools for scientists and technologists. 
 
Description AWAKE Collaboration 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Members of AWAKE Collaboration along with about 20 other institutes.
Collaborator Contribution CERN is the lead partner and experiment host.
Impact Development of experiment
Start Year 2009
 
Description Project partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine 
Organisation Indiana University
Department School of Medicine
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Indiana University School of Medicine worked with the research team and assisted/contributed to the project outcomes
Collaborator Contribution Collaborated in VHEET research using LWFAs, which resulted in publications. Still ongoing.
Impact Collaborated in VHEET research using LWFAs, which resulted in publications. Still ongoing.
Start Year 2012
 
Description UNIST collaboration South Korea 
Organisation Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Department School of Life Sciences
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to theoretical research in Raman amplification and radiation sources based on plasma. Helped develop computer codes and analytical theory.
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to theoretical research in Raman amplification and radiation sources based on plasma. Helped develop computer codes and analytical theory.
Impact Several joint papers have been published including Strathclyde and UNIST collaborators. Subject areas include Raman amplification and radiation production in plasma. Several papers have been submitted and are under review. The collaboration involves theoretical physics but also feeds into interpretation of experimental results. As part of the collaboration a new computer code has been developed, which enables Raman amplification to be modelled in 2D and 3D.
Start Year 2012