Novel Accelerators

Photograph of the AWAKE beam line. Image copyright CERN/Maximilien Brice

Photograph of the AWAKE beam line. Image copyright CERN/Maximilien Brice

CI experts study a broad range of novel acceleration techniques including plasma wake fields, dielectrics, photonics and meta-materials.
Novel accelerators play an important part in CI research. Our experts are making key contributions to:

  • The AWAKE experiment at CERN (proton-driven wakefield acceleration).
  • The EuPRA X IA collaboration that develops a pan-European plasma accelerator with superior beam quality (electron and laser-driven).
  • Plasma acceleration R&D at  CLARA (electron-driven).
  • Experiments at the University of Strathclyde’s SCAPA facility (laser-driven).
  • Studies into ultra-compact dielectric, THz and carbon nanotube structures that give access to extremely high accelerating gradients.

CI also explores the use of the Central Laser Facility (CLF) at Rutherford Appleton Lab and the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) in Eastern Europe for laser-driven experiments.