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AWAKE Collaboration meets in Uppsala

The Advanced Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment (AWAKE) is proof-of-principle experiment investigating the use of plasma wakefields driven by a proton bunch to accelerate charged particles. The project, based at CERN and carried out by an international collaboration, is expected to run in different phases until 2030.

Participants in the AWAKE Collaboration Meeting (photo courtesy of K. Pepitone)

On 25 – 26 April 2023 the AWAKE Collaboration held its bi-annual meeting at the Ångström Laboratory of Uppsala University (Sweden), hosted by Kevin Pepitone.

The group discussed a range a topics covering the entire AWAKE project. This included but was not limited to: novel plasma sources and immanent measurements; new results on the complex interplay of plasma wakefields and the high energy proton driver used to produce them; developments on the new electron beamline for the future runs of AWAKE; plans for the decommissioning of the radioactive CNGS area to provide space for a future extension of AWAKE; and studies on the high power laser used to generate the AWAKE plasma.

The meeting included a visit to FREIA (Facility for Research Instrumentation and Accelerator Development) at Uppsala University.

AWAKE group visit to FREIA (photo courtesy of J. Wolfenden)

The Cockcroft Institute has been a key partner in the experiment from the start, with partners from the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde covering the planning and optimization of the experiment, R&D into beyond state-of-the-art diagnostics for the different laser and particle beams, as well as studies into enhanced electron beam generation.

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