Session GP9: Poster Session III: Laser and Beam-Driven Acceleration; DIII-D Tokamak I; General Tokamak; Field Reversed Configurations and Spheromaks; Mini-Conference: Integrated, Multiphysics, High-Performance Computations for Magnetic Fusion Research
9:30 AM–9:30 AM, Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Room: Riverside West
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.DPP.GP9.29
Abstract: GP9.00029 : Positron driven plasma wakefields
The LHC is producing high-energy, high-charge proton bunches (1e11 protons at 1-7 TeV each) that could be used to accelerate ``witness'' electron bunches to TeV range eneregies via a plasma wakefield accelerator (PWFA). Simulations  suggest that a proton ``drive'' bunch is able to excite large wakefields if the bunch size is on the order of 100 $\mu$m; however, the LHC paramters are currently on the 1 cm scale. SLAC'S FACET is able to supply positorn bunchs with the ideal parameters for driving a PWFA. Although at lower energy (2e10 positrons at 23 GeV each), initial simiulations in QuickPIC show that the physics of a positron drive bunch is very similar to that of a proton drive bunch. Differences in the physics arise from the mass difference: slower dephasing but faster transverse bunch evolution. Other considerations include driver head erosion and purity of the wakefield ion column. The physics of positive drivers for PWFA and the viability of this scheme for future high-energy colliders will be investigated at SLAC's FACET.\\[4pt]  Caldwell, et al. Nature Physics 5, 363 (2009).\\[0pt]  C.H. Huang, et al., J. Comp. Phys., 217(2), 658, (2006).
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