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24 April 2019 Generation of electron high energy beams with a ring-like structure by a dual stage laser wakefield accelerator
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The laser wake-field accelerator (LWFA) traditionally produces high brightness, quasi-monoenergetic electron beams with Gaussian-like spatial and angular distributions. In the present work we investigate the generation of ultra-relativistic beams with ring-like structures in the blowout regime of the LWFA using a dual stage accelerator. A density down-ramp triggers injection after the first stage and is used to produce ring-like electron spectra in the 300 - 600 MeV energy range. These well defined, annular beams are observed simultaneously with the on-axis, high energy electron beams, with a divergence of a few milliradians. The rings have quasi-monoenergetic energy spectra with an RMS spread estimated to be less than 5%. Particle-in-cell simulations confirm that off-axis injection provides the electrons with the initial transverse momentum necessary to undertake distinct betatron oscillations within the plasma bubble during their acceleration process.
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R. Spesyvtsev, E. Brunetti, G. Vieux, M. Shahzad, A. Maitrallain, S. Yoffe, B. Ersfeld, A. Kornaszewski, M. J. V. Streeter, O. Finlay, Y. Ma, B. Kettle, S. J. D. Dann, F. Albert, N. Bourgeois, S. Cipiccia, J. M. Cole, E. Gerstmayr, I. G. Gonzáles, A. Higginbotham, A. E. Hussein, K. Falk, K. Krushelnick, N. Lemos, N. C. Lopes, C. Lumsdon, O. Lundh, S. P. D. Mangles, Z. Najmudin, P. P. Rajeev, M. Smid, D. R. Symes, A. G. R. Thomas, and D. A. Jaroszynski "Generation of electron high energy beams with a ring-like structure by a dual stage laser wakefield accelerator", Proc. SPIE 11036, Relativistic Plasma Waves and Particle Beams as Coherent and Incoherent Radiation Sources III, 110360F (24 April 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2522781
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