Plasma-based accelerator with magnetic compression

P. F. Schmit, N. J. Fisch

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Electron dephasing is a major gain-inhibiting effect in plasma-based accelerators. A novel method is proposed to overcome dephasing, in which the modulation of a modest [∼O(10kG)], axial, uniform magnetic field in the acceleration channel leads to densification of the plasma through magnetic compression, enabling direct, time-resolved control of the plasma wave properties. The methodology is broadly applicable and can be optimized to improve the leading acceleration approaches, including plasma beat wave, plasma wakefield, and laser wakefield acceleration. The advantages of magnetic compression are compared to other proposed techniques to overcome dephasing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number255003
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - Dec 18 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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