Available student project - The principles and design of a plasma wakefield accelerator

Research fields

  • Plasma Applications and Technology

Project details

Particle accelerators so far have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to accelerate electrons and other particles close to the speed of light. Such machines however have an upper limit of tens of MeV per meter of beam line.

A developing technology is the generation of a wakefield in a plasma through either a laser or a beam of charged particles. The susbequent electric field can resonantly accelerates the particles to tens of thousands of MeV per meter of beam line, offering potentially staggering performance gains over existing technology.

In this project the principles and design of a plasma wakefield accelerator will be reviewed, and the opportunities for a low-cost wakefield accelerator explored.

Required background

electrodynamics, plasma physics

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Hole, Matthew profile
Senior Fellow

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