3 years ago

RF injector design studies for the trailing witness bunch for a plasma-based user facility.

R. Pompili, A. Giribono, A. Cianchi, M. Croia, A. Bacci, C. Vaccarezza, V. Petrillo, E. Chiadroni, S. Romeo, A. Marocchino, M. Ferrario, A.R. Rossi, M. Rossetti Conti

The interest in plasma-based accelerators as drivers of user facilities is growing worldwide thanks to its compactness and reduced costs. In this context the EuPRAXIA collaboration is preparing a conceptual design report for a multi-GeV plasma-based accelerator with outstanding electron beam quality to pilot, among several applications, the operation of an X-ray FEL, the most demanding in terms of beam brightness. Intense beam dynamics studies have been performed to provide a reliable working point for the RF injector to generate a high-brightness trailing witness bunch suitable in external injection schemes, both in particle beam and laser driven plasma wakefield acceleration. A case of interest is the generation of a witness beam with 1 GeV energy, less than 1 mm-mrad slice emittance and 30 pC in 10 fs FWHM bunch length, which turns into 3 kA peak current at the undulator entrance. The witness beam has been successfully compressed down to 10 fs in a conventional SPARC-like photo-injector and boosted up to 500 MeV in an advanced high-gradient X-band linac reaching the plasma entrance with 3 kA peak current and the following RMS values: 0.06% energy spread, 0.5 mm-mrad transverse normalised emittance and a focal spot down to 1 $\mu m$. RF injector studies are here presented with the aim to satisfy the EuPRAXIA requests for the Design Study of a plasma-based user facility.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.02878

DOI: arXiv:1801.02878v2

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