Science and Applications of Plasma‐Based Accelerators

767. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

15 May - 18 May 2022


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Allen Caldwell, MPI für Physik München • Prof. Wim Leemans, DESY Hamburg • Dr. Jens Osterhoff, DESY Hamburg

Recent breakthroughs make the prospects for practical plasma-based accelerators more and more encouraging. On the laser plasma acceleration front, the advent of novel laser technologies and the systematic approach to making the laser pulses more reproducible, coupled with the demonstration of the stageability of the acceleration process have led to very promising perspectives. On the beam-driven front, the recent demonstration of a high energy transfer efficiency between the driver and witness bunches and energy bandwidth conservation using electron drivers, and the demonstration that proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration is an attractive approach for the future have invigorated this research area.

A goal of the workshop is to, on the one hand, review and discuss the applications for which the different plasma-based acceleration schemes can contribute, and, on the other hand, to review the main technological challenges that require solutions for these schemes to become practical. We discuss these aspects separately for the different acceleration schemes we plan to cover in the workshop.

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.