High energy particle beams with extreme luminosities and ultra-bright beams of energetic radiation are ubiquitous tools for studying the structure of matter in a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Last century saw huge progress in the development of very efficient radio-frequency based accelerators. However, these require large scale research infrastructures in order to reach highest beam energies, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Switzerland. In order to reduce the size, costs and complexity of these facilities, laser driven plasma wakefield is a very promising alternative.
This presentation introduces the fundamental principles of this novel acceleration technique. The Cockcroft Institute is heavily involved in this research area through R&D within the European Design Study EuPRAXIA, the research and training network LA3NET, as well as work at the SCAPA facility.
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