Plasma wakefield accelerator at DESY

Plasmas support the creation of extreme electric field strengths. These fields may be utilised to accelerate charged particles over a distance of less than a metre to energies which today require state-of-the-art kilometre-long machines of conventional build. The application of this principle in plasma wakefield accelerators offers a chance for the future of high-energy physics to realise compact and cost efficient particle colliders. This novel method is being explored at DESY in the framework of the FLASHForward project with the goal to demonstrate its applicability. First experiments are foreseen to start in 2016 and are conducted by a collaboration of international partners organised through a Virtual Institute of the Helmholtz Association.


Point of contact

Dr. Jens Osterhoff -1854


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