Externally Controlled Injection of Electrons by a Laser Pulse in a Laser Wakefield Electron Accelerator

Szu-Yuan Chen, Chun-Lin Louis Chang, Wei-Ting Chen, Ting-Yei Chien, Chau-Hwang Lee, Jiunn-Yuan Lin, Jyhpyng Wang
Proceedings of the 2005 Particle Accelerator Conference  
Spatiotemporally localized injection of electrons is a key element for development of plasma-wave electron accelerator. Here we report the demonstration of two different schemes for electron injection in a selfmodulated laser wakefield accelerator (SM-LWFA) by using a laser pulse. In the first scheme, by implementing a copropagating laser pulse with proper timing, we are able to control the growth of Raman forward scattering (RFS) and the prepulse also plays the role of injecting hot electrons
more » ... nto the fast plasma wave driven by the pump pulse. In the second scheme, by using a transient density ramp we achieve self-injection of electrons in a SM-LWFA with spatial localization. The transient density ramp is produced by a prepulse propagating transversely to drill a density depression channel via ionization and expansion.
doi:10.1109/pac.2005.1591567 fatcat:dxggnktl7zhcvayfybqwvjkmxu