Towards plasma-driven free-electron lasers

Dornmair, Irene and Campbell, Lawrence T. and Henderson, James T. and Jalas, Sören and Karger, Oliver and Kirchen, Manuel and Knetsch, Alexander and Manhan, Grace G. and Wittig, Georg and Hidding, Bernhard and McNeil, Brian W. J. and Maier, Andreas R. (2016) Towards plasma-driven free-electron lasers. In: NIC Symposium 2016 Proceedings. Publication Series of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) . Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany, pp. 401-408. ISBN 9783958061095

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    Abstract

    Plasma-based accelerators are promising candidates to drive next-generation compact freeelectron lasers (FEL) with unique X-ray properties. The correct modelling of the physics in the laser-plasma accelerator and of the FEL amplification from plasma-generated electron bunches thereby forms the basis for any application driven by these beams. Both problems are, however, extremely challenging. They heavily rely on computer simulations and, in fact, act as science drivers for the development of the latest generation of high-performance, highly parallel and efficient simulation codes. Here, we present our work towards a plasma-driven FEL, based on the particle-in-cell (PIC) codes VSIM and WARP, and the non-averaging 3D FEL code PUFFIN.