Parametric Tolerance Study of Trojan Horse plasma wakefield acceleration scheme

R. Altuijri, P. Scherkl, T. Heinemann, A. F. Habib, A. J. Nutter, A. Hala, B. Hidding

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A promising scheme for plasma wakefield acceleration is the hybrid plasma acceleration mechanism, which is experimentally connected to world-wide programs at various accelerator facilities. This scheme may lead to extremely high quality electron bunches, which can be used to drive ultrabright light sources such as free electron lasers. The big challenge for plasma acceleration is to produce electron bunches with high quality in terms of low emittance, energy spread and high brightness. To overcome this challenge, the Trojan Horse scheme [1,2,3,4,5] is used for production of designer electron beams. This work explores the Trojan Horse mechanism in a parametric study by variation of the injector laser pulse by intensity a0, spot size w0 and relative spatiotemporal synchronization and alignment. These parameters define output electron witness beam parameters and its quality. This sensitivity study shows a high robustness of the scheme, which is promising for a wider key prospect of the approach, namely the development of compact plasma accelerators to produce electron beams with unprecedented emittance and brightness in order to power free-electron lasers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication46th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics, EPS 2019
PublisherEuropean Physical Society (EPS)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-30
Acknowledgements: This work used computational resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center - KAUST, which is supported by Shaheen Supercomputer (project k1191), and the National Center for Combustion and Plasma Technology - KACST continued support.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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