STFC & Particle Accelerators and Beams group workshop on Plasma Wakefield Acceleration

The CLF’s laser systems are built and maintained by our laser experts
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On January 31st 2014 the STFC hosted a joint Workshop in conjunction with the Institute of Physics Particle Accelerators and Beams Group, to consider developments in the field of ‘Plasma Wakefield acceleration’ and undertake consultation with the UK accelerator community on the UK's strengths and capabilities, as well as potential ways forward, in particular looking at 5th generation light sources and related activities.

The event looked at the growing importance of this area, and discussed the relevant issues from both a UK and international perspective.

ASB Workshop
January 31 2014
Franklin Theatre, Institute of Physics, London

10.00-10.30: Welcome and Overview of the day

Professor Grahame Blair will outline the aims of the workshop and provide details of the Accelerator Review that will be undertaken by STFC in 2014.

An outline will be provided of the major advances being carried out globally in this area, the background to this work and the main drivers for developing this area. Focus will be placed on 5th generation light sources and related areas. It is intended that an output from the workshop will be a view from the community about forming possible collaborations in this area and whether a centralised UK facility is needed.

10.30–13.00: Talks from UK Based plasma wakefield accelerator specialists providing an overview of the work being undertaken in the UK

Five talks will be given looking at laser plasma accelerator development in the UK, considering the UK's strengths, and investigating potential ways forward:

  • Professor Bernhard Hidding (Strathclyde)
  • Professor John Collier (CLF)
  • Professor Zulfikar Najmudin (Imperial)
  • Professor Andrei Seryi (John Adams Institute)
  • Professor Jim Clarke (ASTeC)

Each talk will last 20 minutes, and the session will conclude with a general discussion.

13.00–14.00: Lunch

14.00–15.30: Overseas Perspective

Two 30 minute talks will be given by guest speakers. Dr Ralph Assmann from DESY and Dr Mark Hogan from SLAC will report on international R&D in this area. After each talk there will be 15 minutes for questions.

15.30–16.30: Open Discussion

Discussion on possible ways forward, chaired by Professor Philip Burrows.

16.30–17.00: Review of the Day

Professor Grahame Blair will review the day, drawing out the next steps incorporating the information and ideas generated by the workshop.

Key facts

Plasmas generated using high power laser pulses can be used to study astrophysical objects such as nebulae
(Credit: Shutterstock)

The aim of the workshop was to gather information and sound out the views of the community for future directions in this field. The workshop addressed the following issues:

  • The current status of R&D in the UK and elsewhere
  • The current areas of strength in the UK
  • Ways to help develop strategy in this area
  • Is the time right for a coordinated approach to this work?
  • Is a centralised national facility needed in the near future?
  • New and emerging field of research and potential impact for the future

Presentations from the workshop

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