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Directions in particle beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration

Scientific meeting


Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ


Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Bernhard Hidding, Dr Mark Hogan, Dr Ralph Assmann, Professor Patric Muggli and Professor James Rosenzweig.

Image shows simulated non-linear plasma wakes accelerating a positron bunch (top-left) and an electron bunch (bottom-right). The accelerated bunches head toward each other in a head-on collision evocative of the interaction point in a linear collider. Credit: Frank Tsung, UCLA

Electric fields in plasmas waves, driven by relativistic particle beams, can accelerate particles to tens of Giga-electron-volt energies on metre-scale distances. Recent conceptual and experimental breakthroughs have ushered in a worldwide effort which may be transformative for accelerators and their applications for natural, life and material sciences. This meeting will discuss emerging trends and prospects of this new kind of compact accelerators.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies can be found below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17.00 on Monday 4 June. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your title, proposed abstract (not more than 200 words and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and authors' institutions to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Monday 16 April 2018. Please include the text 'Poster abstract submission' and the meeting title in the subject line. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending this event

This is a residential conference, which allows for increased discussion and networking.

  • Free to attend
  • Advanced registration essential
  • Catering and accommodation available to purchase during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Schedule of talks

04 June

Session 1 09:00-12:50

Linac-driven electron PWFA

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Dr Mark J Hogan, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

09:05-09:35 Plasma wakefield acceleration experiments on FACET II and the DOE's Strategic Plan for Advanced Accelerator R&D

Professor Chandrashekhar Joshi, UCLA, USA

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09:35-09:50 Discussion

09:50-10:15 Beam quality preservation challenges and strategies

Professor Michael Litos, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-10:50 Coffee

10:50-11:15 Talk title tbc

Dr Jens Osterhoff, DESY, Germany

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11:15-11:30 Discussion

11:30-11:55 Speaker tbc

11:55-12:10 Discussion

12:10-12:35 Talk title tbc

Dr Aihua Deng, UCLA, USA

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12:35-12:50 Discussion

12:50-13:40 Lunch

Session 2 13:40-17:00

Hybrid LWFA-driven PWFA

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Professor Brian Foster OBE FRS, University of Hamburg/DESY, Germany and University of Oxford, UK

13:40-14:10 Talk title tbc

Professor Stefan Karsch, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Germany

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14:10-14:25 Discussion

14:25-14:55 Hybrid LWFA|PWFA staging

Dr Alberto de la Ossa, DESY, Germany

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14:55-15:10 Discussion

15:10-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 Speaker tbc

16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 Hybrid acceleration towards ultrahigh 6D brightness

Dr Grace G Manahan, SCAPA and University of Strathclyde, UK

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16:45-17:00 Discussion


Poster session

05 June

Session 3 09:00-12:30

Positron and proton PWFA

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Professor Patric Muggli, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik, Germany

09:00-09:30 Positron acceleration in plasma

Dr Spencer J Gessner, CERN, Switzerland

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 The AWAKE electron injector and diagnostics

Dr Oznur Mete Apsimon, University of Manchester and the Cockcroft Institute, UK

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 The AWAKE Experiment at CERN

Dr Edda Gschwendtner, CERN, Switzerland

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Plasma-based acceleration of positrons: recent advances and future outlook

Professor Sébastien Corde, Ecole Polytechnique, France

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:20 Lunch

Session 4 13:20-17:00

PWFA applications

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Professor James B Rosenzweig, UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, USA

13:20-13:50 Particle physics experiments based on the AWAKE acceleration scheme

Professor Matthew Wing, University College London, UK

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13:50-14:05 Discussion

14:05-14:35 Linear collider challenges

Associate Professor Erik Adli, University of Oslo, Norway

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14:35-14:50 Discussion

14:50-15:10 Tea

15:10-15:40 Ionization injection beam applications

Professor Navid Vafaei-Najafabadi, Stony Brook University, USA

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15:40-15:55 Discussion

15:55-16:25 Dr Massimo Ferrario, INFN Frascati, Italy

16:25-16:40 Discussion

16:40-17:00 Panel discussion and overview

Directions in particle beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ