In order to continue pushing the boundaries of experimental particle physics, particles need to be collided at ever higher energies. This could be accomplished by building even larger accelerators that utilize current technologies, but such an approach may be prohibitively expensive. An alternative approach is to develop new accelerator technologies that can produce a higher energy boost to the particles over each meter of distance. Four decades ago, it was realized that the power of plasma waves could be harnessed to serve this purpose. Since then, plasma wakefield acceleration has become a major field of physics research, and significant progress has been made toward the realization of plasma-powered, high energy physics particle accelerators.
Michael Litos / University of Colorado Boulder
Event Details & Abstracts