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The FLASHForward facility at DESY

  • Author(s): Aschikhin, A;
  • Behrens, C;
  • Bohlen, S;
  • Dale, J;
  • Delbos, N;
  • Di Lucchio, L;
  • Elsen, E;
  • Erbe, JH;
  • Felber, M;
  • Foster, B;
  • Goldberg, L;
  • Grebenyuk, J;
  • Gruse, JN;
  • Hidding, B;
  • Hu, Z;
  • Karstensen, S;
  • Knetsch, A;
  • Kononenko, O;
  • Libov, V;
  • Ludwig, K;
  • Maier, AR;
  • Martinez De La Ossa, A;
  • Mehrling, T;
  • Palmer, CAJ;
  • Pannek, F;
  • Schaper, L;
  • Schlarb, H;
  • Schmidt, B;
  • Schreiber, S;
  • Schwinkendorf, JP;
  • Steel, H;
  • Streeter, M;
  • Tauscher, G;
  • Wacker, V;
  • Weichert, S;
  • Wunderlich, S;
  • Zemella, J;
  • Osterhoff, J
  • et al.
Abstract

The FLASHForward project at DESY is a pioneering plasma-wakefield acceleration experiment that aims to produce, in a few centimetres of ionised hydrogen, beams with energy of order GeV that are of quality sufficient to be used in a free-electron laser. The plasma is created by ionising a gas in a gas cell with a multi-TW laser system. The plasma wave will be driven by high-current-density electron beams from the FLASH linear accelerator. The laser system can also be used to provide optical diagnostics of the plasma and electron beams due to the <30 fs synchronisation between the laser and the driving electron beam. The project will explore both external and internal witness-beam injection techniques. The operation parameters of the experiment are discussed, as well as the scientific programme.

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