Conceptual design of a laser wakefield acceleration experiment with external bunch injection

A.G. Khachatryan, M.J.H. Luttikhof, A. Irman, F.A. van Goor, Jeroen W.J. Verschuur, Hubertus M.J. Bastiaens, Klaus J. Boller

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We present a conceptual design of a laser wakefield acceleration experiment where a sub-picosecond electron bunch from a photo-cathode RF linac is injected into a plasma channel just before a laser pulse. The pulse overtakes the bunch which is then trapped, compressed and accelerated in the laser wakefield. This way ultra-relativistic bunches with a size of the order of a micron and relatively low energy spread can be generated. We show the results of our simulations and discuss the setup for a demonstration experiment.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)244-249
JournalNuclear instruments & methods in physics research. Section A : Accelerators, spectrometers, detectors and associated equipment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2006


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