Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 5, Number 3, March 1999
|Page(s)||311 - 320|
|Published online||15 March 1999|
High-gradient electron acceleration in a plasma-loaded wiggler
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano, Istituto Nazionale di
Fisica Nucleare and Istituto Nazionale
di Fisica della Materia, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano, Italy
Corresponding author: Petrillo@mi.infn.it
Revised: 3 November 1998
Accepted: 10 November 1998
Published online: 15 March 1999
Detailed derivations and further analysis are presented of a recent concept for a plasma-based accelerator scheme incorporating a strong circularly polarised magnetic wiggler field producing relativistic-strength diamagnetic transverse plasma currents. The increase in the plasma Lorentz factor leads to a substantial increase in the longitudinal component of the wave electric field and therefore of the acceleration rate. It is also found that ultra-high acceleration gradients are possible with relatively low plasma densities and long wave lengths. It also appears possible that the transverse wiggling motion of the electrons of the beam is able to delay the dephasing with the accelerating wave leading to much higher values of the energy gained by the beam at saturation and even electron bunches that have been injected with the "wrong" phase seem to be able to reverse their motion and accelerate to very high energies in short distances.
PACS: 52.75.Di – Accelerators and propulsion / 41.60.Cr – Free-electron lasers / 41.75.Lx – Advanced accelerator concepts
© EDP Sciences, 1999
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