a proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment at CERN

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Engineering


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Lancaster is involved with the delivery of the Electron Source Linac Task 1.1

Planned Impact

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Braunmüller F (2020) Proton Bunch Self-Modulation in Plasma with Density Gradient. in Physical review letters

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Gschwendtner E (2019) Proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration in AWAKE in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

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Muggli P (2018) AWAKE readiness for the study of the seeded self-modulation of a 400 GeV proton bunch in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

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Turner M (2020) Experimental study of wakefields driven by a self-modulating proton bunch in plasma in Physical Review Accelerators and Beams

Description On the timescale of this project the Awake collaboration demonstrated proof of principle for the acceleration of electrons in the plasma wakefield of a proton beam at CERN. Repeatable accelation of 600MeV was achieved in the short plasma tube. This particular project delivered a Mach Zehnder Interferometer to assist with measurement of jitter between the laser beams and the RF for the injection linac. Our instrument could measure timing jitter at the level of tens of femtoseconds.
Exploitation Route The next stage for AWAKE to generate more beam current, and more energy gain in a longer plasma. Timing an synchronisation will continue to be critical and more funding has been awarded to continuous improvement.
Sectors Education

Description AWAKE
Amount £34,646 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2021
Description AWAKE collaboration 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN - Other
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Membership of AWAKE collaboration board Develop electron linac
Collaborator Contribution Development of plasma cell Development of beam line Development of laser synchronisation
Impact Reported in linked journal papers
Start Year 2016