AWAKE-UK 2014-2015 bridging request

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: Physics


The AWAKE project at CERN aims to demonstrate proton-driven plasma wakefield accelertaion for the first time. This will be carried out using the SPS proton beam in the CNGS facility. A wakefield will be excited in a plasma column which the modulates the current of the proton beam splitting it up into micro-bunches. These constructively interfere to create a high amplitude wakefield that will accelerate injected electrons from 15 MeV to 2 GeV in 6 m of plasma.

The understanding of the self-modulation process, the development of long, scalable and uniform plasma cells and the development of schemes for production and acceleration of short proton bunches could lead to a future stage of AWAKE in which electrons are accelerated to 100 GeV in 100 m of plasma. Application of this technology to high-energy particle facilities such as a future linear collider, LHeC, or a fixed-target and test-beam facility is the ultimate goal.

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Description Progress has been made towards an experimental demonstration of a beam driven plasma wakefield accelerator.
The experiments at CERN will be carried out over the next few years.
The CERN team demonstrated the proton driven plasma accelerator.
Exploitation Route na
Sectors Education