Direct Observation of Plasma Waves and Dynamics Induced by Laser-Accelerated Electron Beams

  title={Direct Observation of Plasma Waves and Dynamics Induced by Laser-Accelerated Electron Beams},
  author={M. F. Gilljohann and Hao Ding and Andreas Dopp and J. Goetzfried and Sabine Schindler and G. Schilling and S{\'e}bastien Corde and Alexander Debus and Thomas Heinemann and Bernhard Hidding and S. M. Hooker and Arie Irman and Olena Kononenko and Thomas Kurz and Alberto Martinez de la Ossa and Ulrich Schramm and Stefan Karsch},
  journal={Physical Review X},
Plasma wakefield acceleration (PWFA) is a novel acceleration technique with promising prospects for both particle colliders and light sources. However, PWFA research has so far been limited to a few large-scale accelerator facilities worldwide. Here, we present first results on plasma wakefield generation using electron beams accelerated with a 100-TW-class Ti:sapphire laser. Because of their ultrashort duration and high charge density, the laser-accelerated electron bunches are suitable to… 

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