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Graduate Student Seminar - 03/08/2013

"Formation of Modulated Plasma Waveguides for Plasma-Based Accelerator Applications"

by George Hine

Friday, March 8, 2013 -- 12:00 p.m.
Large Conference Room, 1207 Energy Research Facility

Advisor:  Professor Howard Milchberg

There are many particle accelerator applications that would benefit from a more compact design. Laser driven accelerators have been shown to be a likely candidate for these applications. I will present the principles and design elements of a novel plasma-based accelerator which directly applies the electric field of an intense laser pulse to accelerate particles by copropagation through a corrugated plasma waveguide. One design element, periodic axial corrugations, has thus far been restricted to a static structure. A new method for producing corrugated waveguides using a spacial light modulator will provide dynamic control over the waveguide structure.

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