Advanced Wakefield Experiment
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The construction of ever larger and costlier accelerator facilities has its limits, and new technologies will be needed to push the energy frontier. Plasma Wakefield acceleration is a rapidly developing field which appears to be a promising candidate technology for future high-energy accelerators. The AWAKE project has been proposed as an approach to accelerate an electron beam to the TeV energy regime in a single plasma section. To verify this novel technique, a proof-of-principle demonstration experiment is proposed by a proto-collaboration, using 400 GeV proton beams from the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN.
'How can Plasma and Proton Beams Be Used in
Building Next Generation Particle Accelerators?'
Allen Caldwell, spokesperson of the AWAKE experiment, answers this question in a video interview for Latest Thinking .
The next AWAKE Collaboration meeting will take place at BINP from the 9th to the 11th of March 2017.
The AWAKE experiment has been approved by the CERN Research Board in August 2013.
"The SPSC reviewed the AWAKE design report, and supports the motivation for the AWAKE project to demonstrate proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration. The committee recognises the unique opportunity currently offered at CERN to carry out the programme, from the availability of the relevant beam lines, and acknowledges the solid preparation of the programme by the collaboration. The SPSC encourages AWAKE to further strengthen the collaboration and secure funding, and to define detailed milestones for monitoring progress. The Research Board approved AWAKE as an experiment using beam from the SPS, within the constraints specified in the Medium Term Plan of CERN, concerning the timescale and CERN resources."