The project PLASMONX for plasma acceleration experiments and a Thomson X-ray source at SPARC

Year: 2005

Authors: Alesini D., Bellaveglia M., Bertolucci S., Biagini ME., Boni R., Boscolo M., Castellano M., Clozza A., Di Pirro G., Drago A., Esposito A., Ferrario M., Ficcadenti L., Filippetto D., Fusco V., Gallo A., Gatti G., Ghigo A., Guiducci S., Incurvati M., Ligi C., Marcellini F., Migliorati M., Mostacci A., Palumbo L., Pellegrino L., Preger M., Ricci R., Sanelli C., Serio M., Sgamma F., Spataro B., Stecchi A., Stella A., Tazzioli F., Vaccarezza C., Vescovi M., Vicario C., Alessandria F., Bacci A., Bonifacio R., Boscolo I., Broggi F., Cialdi S., DeMartinis C., Giove D., Maroli C., Mauri M., Petrillo V., Piovella N, Pozzoli R, Rome M, Serafini L, Mattioli M., Musumeci P., Petrarca M., Bottigli U., Golosio B., Oliva P., Poggiu A., Stumbo S., Barbini A., Baldeschi W., Cecchetti CA., Galimberti M, Giulietti A., Giulietti D., Gizzi LA., Koester P., Labate L., Laville S., Rossi A., Tomassini P.

Autors Affiliation: INFN-LNF, Frascati, Italy; INFN-MI, Univ. of Milano, Milano, Italy; INFN-Roma1, Rome, Italy; INFN/Cagliari, Univ. of Sassari, Italy; CNR-IPCF/Pisa, Univ. of Pisa, Italy

Abstract: We present the status of the project PLASMONX, recently approved by INFN. This project, based on a collaboration between INFN and CNR-IPCF, aims at a long term upgrade of the SPARC system with the goal to develop at LNF an integrated facility for advanced beamlaser-plasma research in the field of advanced acceleration techniques and ultra-bright X-ray radiation sources and related applications. The project, in its first phase, foresees the development at LNF of a High Intensity Laser Laboratory (HILL) whose main component is a 100 TW-class Ti:Sa laser system synchronized to the SPARC photo-injector. Experiments of self-injection and acceleration of electrons into laser driven plasma waves will be conducted at HILL-LNF, early in this first project phase. Eventually an additional beam line will be built in the SPARC bunker in order to transport the SPARC electron beam at an interaction point, where a final focus system will allow to conduct experiments either of laser-beam co-propagation in plasma waves for high gradient acceleration, or experiments of laser-beam head-on collisions to develop a Thomson source of bright ultra-short X-ray radiation pulses, with X-ray energies tunable in the range 20 to 1000 keV and pulse duration from 30 fs to 20 ps. Preliminary simulations of plasma acceleration with self-injection are illustrated, as well as external injection of the SPARC electron beam.


KeyWords: project PLASMONX
DOI: 10.1109/PAC.2005.1590575