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Title: Plasma wakefield acceleration studies using the quasi-static code WAKE

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DoE grants DE SC0008491, DE SC0008316, DE FG02-92 ER40727, DESC0007970
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
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Physics of Plasmas
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Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 2; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-12-26 04:22:55; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
American Institute of Physics
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United States

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Jain, Neeraj, Palastro, John, Antonsen, Jr., T. M., Mori, Warren B., and An, Weiming. Plasma wakefield acceleration studies using the quasi-static code WAKE. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4907159.
Jain, Neeraj, Palastro, John, Antonsen, Jr., T. M., Mori, Warren B., & An, Weiming. Plasma wakefield acceleration studies using the quasi-static code WAKE. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4907159.
Jain, Neeraj, Palastro, John, Antonsen, Jr., T. M., Mori, Warren B., and An, Weiming. 2015. "Plasma wakefield acceleration studies using the quasi-static code WAKE". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4907159.
title = {Plasma wakefield acceleration studies using the quasi-static code WAKE},
author = {Jain, Neeraj and Palastro, John and Antonsen, Jr., T. M. and Mori, Warren B. and An, Weiming},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1063/1.4907159},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
number = 2,
volume = 22,
place = {United States},
year = 2015,
month = 2

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  • Architect, a time explicit hybrid code designed to perform quick simulations for electron driven plasma wakefield acceleration, is described. In order to obtain beam quality acceptable for applications, control of the beam-plasma-dynamics is necessary. Particle in Cell (PIC) codes represent the state-of-the-art technique to investigate the underlying physics and possible experimental scenarios; however PIC codes demand the necessity of heavy computational resources. Architect code substantially reduces the need for computational resources by using a hybrid approach: relativistic electron bunches are treated kinetically as in a PIC code and the background plasma as a fluid. Cylindrical symmetry is assumed for themore » solution of the electromagnetic fields and fluid equations. In this paper both the underlying algorithms as well as a comparison with a fully three dimensional particle in cell code are reported. The comparison highlights the good agreement between the two models up to the weakly non-linear regimes. In highly non-linear regimes the two models only disagree in a localized region, where the plasma electrons expelled by the bunch close up at the end of the first plasma oscillation.« less
  • A 2.5D PIC simulation code is developed to study the LWFA( Laser WakeField Acceleration ). The electron self-injection and the generation of mono-energetic electron beam in LWFA is briefly discussed through the simulation. And the experiment of this year at SILEX-I laser facility is also introduced.
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