AWAKE, the advanced proton driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment at CERN

Gschwendtner, E. and Adli, E. and Amorim, L. and Apsimon, R. and Assmann, R. and Bachmann, A. -M. and Batsch, F. and Bauche, J. and Olsen, V. K. Berglyd and Bernardini, M. and Bingham, R. and Biskup, B. and Bohl, T. and Bracco, C. and Burrows, P. N. and Buttenschon, B. and Butterworth, A. and Caldwell, A. and Cascella, M. and Chevallay, E. and Cipiccia, S. and Damerau, H. and Deacon, L. and Dirksen, P. and Doebert, S. and Dorda, U. and Fedosseev, V. and Feldbaumer, E. and Fiorito, R. and Fonseca, R. and Friebel, F. and Gorn, A. A. and Grulke, O. and Hansen, J. and Hessler, C. and Hofle, W. and Holloway, J. and Huther, M. and Jaroszynski, D. and Jensen, L. and Jolly, S. and Joulaei, A. and Kasim, M. and Keeble, F. and Li, Y. and Liu, S. and Lopes, N. and Lotov, K. V. and Mandry, S. and Martorelli, R. and Martyanov, M. and Mazzoni, S. and Mete, O. and Minakov, V. A. and Mitchell, J. and Moody, J. and Muggli, P. and Najmudin, Z. and Norreys, P. and Oz, E. and Pardons, A. and Pepitone, K. and Petrenko, A. and Plyushchev, G. and Pukhov, A. and Rieger, K. and Ruhl, H. and Salveter, F. and Savard, N. and Schmidt, J. and Seryi, A. and Shaposhnikova, E. and Sheng, Z. M. and Sherwood, P. and Silva, L. and Soby, L. and Sosedkin, A. P. and Spitsyn, R. I. and Trines, R. and Tuev, P. V. and Turner, M. and Verzilov, V. and Vieira, J. and Vincke, H. and Wei, Y. and Welsch, C. P. and Wing, M. and Xia, G. and Zhang, H. (2016) AWAKE, the advanced proton driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment at CERN. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. ISSN 0168-9002 (

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The Advanced Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment (AWAKE) aims at studying plasma wakefield generation and electron acceleration driven by proton bunches. It is a proof-of-principle R&D experiment at CERN and the world׳s first proton driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment. The AWAKE experiment will be installed in the former CNGS facility and uses the 400 GeV/c proton beam bunches from the SPS. The first experiments will focus on the self-modulation instability of the long (rms ~12 cm) proton bunch in the plasma. These experiments are planned for the end of 2016. Later, in 2017/2018, low energy (~15 MeV) electrons will be externally injected into the sample wakefields and be accelerated beyond 1 GeV. The main goals of the experiment will be summarized. A summary of the AWAKE design and construction status will be presented.