Laser guiding of electron beams in the advanced test acceleration

G.J. Caporaso, F. Rainer, William Eugene Martin, D.S. Prono, A.G. Cole

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The recently demonstrated technique of laser guiding has been used to propagate successfully a 10-kA relativistic electron beam 95 m through the Advanced Test Accelerator and postaccelerator beamline. The maximum transverse displacement of the beam at the end of the Advanced Test Accelerator was 1 mm while the maximum beam breakup amplitude was 0.1 mm. The use of laser guiding constitutes a breakthrough in accelerator technology in that it is able to reduce greatly or even suppress the beam breakup instability, which is the most serious obstacle to high-current beam transport in linear induction accelerators.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1591-1594
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1986


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