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Plasma Wakefield Acceleration: Extending the Energy Frontier for Leptons

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G125

Speaker Name(s): 

Michale Litos

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Colorado
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Nuclear/Particle Physics Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

With the size and cost of high energy physics machines rapidly approaching the limits of feasibility, a fundamentally new method for accelerating particles up to very high energies will be required to continue to push at the boundaries of the energy frontier. Two key factors dominate the estimated cost of future collider designs: the size of the machine, and its power consumption. Plasma wakefield acceleration is a forefront electron and positron acceleration technique that addresses both of these factors simultaneously by providing extremely high accelerating gradients and a high energy transfer efficiency. In this talk, I will present results from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests (FACET), where the acceleration of electron and positron bunches in a high gradient, high efficiency plasma wakefield accelerator driven by a high-density electron beam has been demonstrated for the first time.