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Staging of independent laser plasma accelerators

  • Author(s): Steinke, S;
  • Van Tilborg, J;
  • Benedetti, C;
  • Geddes, CGR;
  • Daniels, J;
  • Swanson, KK;
  • Gonsalves, AJ;
  • Nakamura, K;
  • Shaw, BH;
  • Schroeder, CB;
  • Esarey, E;
  • Leemans, WP
  • et al.

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https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4975839
Abstract

We present results of an experiment where two independent Laser-Plasma-Accelerator (LPA) stages are coupled at a short distance by a plasma mirror. Changing the arrival time of the electron beam with respect to the second-stage laser pulse allowed reconstruction of the temporal field structure and determination of the plasma density. Injection into the wakefield of the second stage was verified by a 100 MeV energy gain of the electron beam.

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