Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Intrinsic Stabilization of the Drive Beam in Plasma-Wakefield Accelerators.
- Author(s): Martinez de la Ossa, A
- Mehrling, TJ
- Osterhoff, J
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.121.064803
The hose instability of the drive beam constitutes a major challenge for the stable operation of plasma-wakefield accelerators. In this Letter, we show that drive beams with a transverse size comparable to the plasma blowout radius generate a wake with a varying focusing along the beam, which leads to a rapid detuning of the slice-betatron oscillations and suppresses the instability. This intrinsic stabilization principle provides an applicable and effective method for the suppression of the hosing of the drive beam and allows for a stable acceleration process.