Advances in laser plasma accelerators and their future prospect

Dr Wim Leemans, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg, Germany

15:00 Thursday, 06. February 2020

Dr Wim Leemans, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg, Germany
Leuchs-Russell Auditorium, A.1.500, Staudtstr. 2
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Laser powered, plasma based accelerators where electrons surf on waves and can reach multi-GeV energy levels in a few 10’s of cm that, if one relies on conventional methods, would require machines multiple football fields long. Although many challenges remain, this new technology is at the brink of offering a profoundly different way in which we may build particle accelerators. An overview of the latest progress and the next steps in the R&D needed to advance this technology will be presented. Applications such as generation of intense radiation, injection into storage rings, future colliders or medical therapy will be discussed.


Wim Leemans received his PhD at UCLA and was at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1991 till 2019 where he was director of the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division from 2014 – January 2019. As of February 1, 2019 he is Director of the Accelerator Division at DESY, Hamburg, Germany, which builds and operates large and small scale accelerators and carries out R&D on developing the next generation machines. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the APS, and the AAAS and has received many awards including the 2009 E.O. Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the 2016 IEEE Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award.

The lectures will follow a colloquium format for a broad audience and will be followed by a reception to provide an opportunity for meeting the speaker.

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