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Enhancement of Laser Injection Methods by Plasma Density Gradients

  • Author(s): Fubiani, G.
  • Esarey, E.
  • Nakamura, K.
  • Schroeder, C.B.
  • Leemans, W.P.
  • et al.

Plasma density down-ramps are proposed as a method for improving the performance of laser injection schemes. A decrease in density implies an increase in plasma wavelength, which can shift a relativistic electron from the defocusing to the focusing region of the accelerating wakefield. Also, a decrease in density leads to a decrease in wake phase velocity, which lowers the trappingthreshold. The specific method of two-pulse colliding pulse injector was examined using a 3D test particle tracking code. A density down-ramp of 30% led to an order of magnitude enhancement of the trapping fraction compared to the uniform plasma case, without degrading other bunch properties.

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