Driver-witness-bunches for plasma-wakefield acceleration at the MAX IV Linear Accelerator

Jonas Björklund Svensson, Henrik Ekerfelt, Olle Lundh, Joel Andersson, Francesca Curbis, Marija Kotur, Filip Lindau, Erik Mansten, Sara Thorin, Sverker Werin

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Beam-driven plasma-wakefield acceleration is an acceleration scheme promising accelerating fields of at least two to three orders of magnitude higher than in conventional radiofrequency accelerating structures. The scheme relies on using a charged particle bunch (driver) to drive a non-linear plasma wake, into which a second bunch (witness) can be injected at an appropriate distance behind the first, yielding a substantial energy gain of the witness bunch particles. This puts very special demands on the machine providing the particle beam. In this article, we use simulations to show that, if driver-witness-bunches can be generated in the photocathode electron gun, the MAX IV Linear Accelerator could be used for plasma-wakefield acceleration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIPAC 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th International Particle Accelerator Conference
PublisherJACoW Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95450-182-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul
Event8th International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2017 - Bella Center, Bella Conference Center, Denmark
Duration: 2017 May 142017 May 19


Conference8th International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2017
CityBella Conference Center

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation


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