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Title: A new type of plasma wakefield accelerator driven by magnetowaves

Abstract

We present a new concept for a plasma wakefield accelerator driven by magnetowaves (MPWA). This concept was originally proposed as a viable mechanism for the 'cosmic accelerator' that would accelerate cosmic particles to ultra-high energies in the astrophysical setting. Unlike the more familiar plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA) and the laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) where the drivers, the charged-particle beam and the laser, are independently existing entities, MPWA invokes the high-frequency and high-speed whistler mode as the driver, which is a medium wave that cannot exist outside of the plasma. Aside from the difference in drivers, the underlying mechanism that excites the plasma wakefield via the ponderomotive potential is common. Our computer simulations show that under appropriate conditions, the plasma wakefield maintains very high coherence and can sustain high-gradient acceleration over many plasma wavelengths. We suggest that in addition to its celestial application, the MPWA concept can also be of terrestrial utility. A proof-of-principle experiment on MPWA would benefit both terrestrial and celestial accelerator concepts.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan)
  2. National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan); National Chiao-Tung Univ., Hsinchu (Taiwan)
  3. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1443155
Report Number(s):
SLAC-PUB-14586
Journal ID: ISSN 0741-3335
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0741-3335
Publisher:
IOP Science
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS

Citation Formats

Chen, Pisin, Chang, Feng-Yin, Lin, Guey-Lin, Noble, Robert J., and Sydora, Richard. A new type of plasma wakefield accelerator driven by magnetowaves. United States: N. p., 2009. Web. doi:10.1088/0741-3335/51/2/024012.
Chen, Pisin, Chang, Feng-Yin, Lin, Guey-Lin, Noble, Robert J., & Sydora, Richard. A new type of plasma wakefield accelerator driven by magnetowaves. United States. doi:10.1088/0741-3335/51/2/024012.
Chen, Pisin, Chang, Feng-Yin, Lin, Guey-Lin, Noble, Robert J., and Sydora, Richard. Wed . "A new type of plasma wakefield accelerator driven by magnetowaves". United States. doi:10.1088/0741-3335/51/2/024012. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1443155.
@article{osti_1443155,
title = {A new type of plasma wakefield accelerator driven by magnetowaves},
author = {Chen, Pisin and Chang, Feng-Yin and Lin, Guey-Lin and Noble, Robert J. and Sydora, Richard},
abstractNote = {We present a new concept for a plasma wakefield accelerator driven by magnetowaves (MPWA). This concept was originally proposed as a viable mechanism for the 'cosmic accelerator' that would accelerate cosmic particles to ultra-high energies in the astrophysical setting. Unlike the more familiar plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA) and the laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) where the drivers, the charged-particle beam and the laser, are independently existing entities, MPWA invokes the high-frequency and high-speed whistler mode as the driver, which is a medium wave that cannot exist outside of the plasma. Aside from the difference in drivers, the underlying mechanism that excites the plasma wakefield via the ponderomotive potential is common. Our computer simulations show that under appropriate conditions, the plasma wakefield maintains very high coherence and can sustain high-gradient acceleration over many plasma wavelengths. We suggest that in addition to its celestial application, the MPWA concept can also be of terrestrial utility. A proof-of-principle experiment on MPWA would benefit both terrestrial and celestial accelerator concepts.},
doi = {10.1088/0741-3335/51/2/024012},
journal = {Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion},
number = 2,
volume = 51,
place = {United States},
year = {2009},
month = {1}
}

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