Advanced Wakefield Experiment
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.
The next AWAKE Collaboration meeting is currently being hosted at CERN on Wednesday the 4th of December until Friday the 6th. The detailed agenda can be found on the indico website
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."
Collaboration wide online conference call on Friday the 11th of October, 14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Zurich), to review process and inform of recent developements. The agenda and contact information can be found at indico website
The AWAKE Collaboration met in Duesseldorf on Thursday the 20th of June for a two day meeting. Discussion topics included a review of the design report, beam line studies, radiation protection studies, electron spectrometer studies, photon acceleration as a diagnostic, extensive talks on simulations and plasma cell developments. The detailed agenda can be found on the indico website
The AWAKE website is now live. This website describes the design and aims of the AWAKE experiment and also contains recent news on the collaboration's progress. Links to other useful material can be found and a link to the private collaboration website can be found in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
More content will be added to the site over time, in the form of published articles, explanatory material and results. If you are a collaboration member and you have content to contribute, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.