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Efficient numerical modelling of the emittance evolution of beams with finite energy spread in plasma wakefield accelerators

  • Author(s): Mehrling, TJ
  • Robson, RE
  • Erbe, JH
  • Osterhoff, J
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier B.V. This paper introduces a semi-analytic numerical approach (SANA) for the rapid computation of the transverse emittance of beams with finite energy spread in plasma wakefield accelerators in the blowout regime. The SANA method is used to model the beam emittance evolution when injected into and extracted from realistic plasma profiles. Results are compared to particle-in-cell simulations, establishing the accuracy and efficiency of the procedure. In addition, it is demonstrated that the tapering of vacuum-to-plasma and plasma-to-vacuum transitions is a viable method for the mitigation of emittance growth of beams during their injection and extraction from and into plasma cells.

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