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Title: Mid-infrared lasers for energy frontier plasma accelerators

Plasma wake field accelerators driven with solid-state near-IR lasers have been considered as an alternative to conventional rf accelerators for next-generation TeV-class lepton colliders. Here, we extend this study to the mid-IR spectral domain covered by CO 2 lasers. We conclude that the increase in the laser driver wavelength favors the regime of laser wake field acceleration with a low plasma density and high electric charge. This regime is the most beneficial for gamma colliders to be converted from lepton colliders via inverse Compton scattering. Selecting a laser wavelength to drive a Compton gamma source is essential for the design of such a machine. In conclusion, the revealed benefits from spectral diversification of laser drivers for future colliders and off-spring applications validate ongoing efforts in advancing the ultrafast CO 2 laser technology.
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. STI Optronics, Inc., Redmond, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9888; PRABFM; R&D Project: KBCH139; KB0202011; TRN: US1701644
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; AC02-98CH10886; PD14-009
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physical Review Accelerators and Beams (Online); Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9888
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; CO2 laser; pulse compression; electron acceleration; laser wake field; Compton scattering; electron-positron colliders; gamma-gamma colliders
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1341694