Novel Accelerators

Planned layout CLARA

Planned layout CLARA

CI experts study a broad range of novel acceleration techniques including plasma wake fields, dielectrics, photonics and meta-materials.

Plasma wake field acceleration plays an important part of CI research with emphasis on the following three projects:

  • The AWAKE experiment at CERN (proton driven)
  • The Plasma Acceleration Research Station (PARS) at CLARA (electron driven)
  • A dedicated CI beam line at the University of Strathclyde’s SCAPA facility (laser driven)



In addition, CI is a key partner in the European Design Study EuPRAXIA, and 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.