Beyond injection : Trojan horse underdense photocathode plasma wakefield acceleration

Hidding, Bernhard B. and Rosenzweig, J.B. and Xi, Y. and O'Shea, B. and Andonian, G. and Schiller, D. and Barber, S. and Williams, O. and Pretzler, G. and Königstein, T. and Kleeschulte, F. and Hogan, M.J. and Litos, M. and Corde, S. and White, W. and Muggli, P. and Bruhwiler, D.L. and Lotov, K.; Zgadzaj, Rafal and Gaul, Erhard and Downer, Michael C., eds. (2012) Beyond injection : Trojan horse underdense photocathode plasma wakefield acceleration. In: Advanced Accelerator Concepts. AIP Conference Proceedings . AIP, USA, pp. 570-575. ISBN 9780735411258

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Abstract

An overview on the underlying principles of the hybrid plasma wakefield acceleration scheme dubbed "Trojan Horse" acceleration is given. The concept is based on laser-controlled release of electrons directly into a particle-beam-driven plasma blowout, paving the way for controlled, shapeable electron bunches with ultralow emittance and ultrahigh brightness. Combining the virtues of a low-ionization-threshold underdense photocathode with the GV/m-scale electric fields of a practically dephasing-free beam-driven plasma blowout, this constitutes a 4th generation electron acceleration scheme. It is applicable as a beam brightness transformer for electron bunches from LWFA and PWFA systems alike. At FACET, the proof-of-concept experiment "E-210: Trojan Horse Plasma Wakefield Acceleration" has recently been approved and is in preparation. At the same time, various LWFA facilities are currently considered to host experiments aiming at stabilizing and boosting the electron bunch output quality via a trojan horse afterburner stage. Since normalized emittance and brightness can be improved by many orders of magnitude, the scheme is an ideal candidate for light sources such as free-electron-lasers and those based on Thomson scattering and betatron radiation alike.