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    The SPARC LAB THz source driven by high-brightness electron beams

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    The THz source produced at the SPARC LAB test facility is able to deliver radiation pulses with time duration of few hundreds of femtoseconds and energy per pulse larger than 10 micro-Joule, corresponding to electric and magnetic fields of the order of 1MV/cm and 0.5T, respectively. The linac-driven THz radiation is produced as coherent radiation emitted by ultra-short high-brightness electron bunches. Depending on the electron bunch shaping, the THz radiation is characterized by a tunable spectral bandwidth suitable for electron beam longitudinal diagnostics, characterization of novel materials, pump-probe experiments

    Study of plasma wakefield acceleration mechanism for emittance dominated regimes via hybrid and pic simulations

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    Electron plasma wakefield acceleration (PWFA) mechanism is a promising non conventional acceleration scheme. Nonetheless further investigation is still needed to fully uncover the instability mechanisms so to mitigate them and make PWFA an effective tool. This work focuses in this direction, we discuss the necessity to use well matched driver bunches to further mitigate witness instabilities. Specifically we propose to inject driver bunches with larger emittance than the matched one (overcompressed bunch) so to let the system reach the matching condition by itself. This preliminary results lead us to the following consideration: while a limited number of cases can be studied with a particle-in-cell code, we understand the necessity for fast systematic analysis: we briefly introduce the hybrid code Architect

    Plasma boosted electron beams for driving Free Electron Lasers

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    In this paper, we report results of simulations, in the framework of both EuPRAXIA \cite{Walk2017} and EuPRAXIA@SPARC\_LAB \cite{Ferr2017} projects, aimed at delivering a high brightness electron bunch for driving a Free Electron Laser (FEL) by employing a plasma post acceleration scheme. The boosting plasma wave is driven by a tens of \SI{}{\tera\watt} class laser and doubles the energy of an externally injected beam up to \GeV{1}. The injected bunch is simulated starting from a photoinjector, matched to plasma, boosted and finally matched to an undulator, where its ability to produce FEL radiation is verified to yield O(\num{e11}) photons per shot at \nm{2.7}.Comment: 5 pages, 2 figure

    A versatile THz source from high-brightness electron beams: Generation and characterization

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    Ultra-short electron bunches, such as those delivered by a high-brightness photo-injector, are suitable to produce high peak power THz radiation, both broad and narrow band, with sub-picosecond down to femtosecond pulse shaping. The features of this kind of source in the THz range of the electromagnetic spectrum are extremely appealing for frequency-and time-domain experiments in a wide variety of fields. The present manuscript will overview the method of generation and characterization of THz radiation produced by high-brightness electron beams, as those available at the SPARC_LAB test facility

    Characterization of self-injected electron beams from LWFA experiments at SPARC_LAB

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    The plasma-based acceleration is an encouraging technique to overcome the limits of the accelerating gradient in the conventional RF acceleration. A plasma accelerator is able to provide accelerating fields up to hundreds of GeV/mGeV/m, paving the way to accelerate particles to several MeV over a short distance (below the millimetre range). Here the characteristics of preliminary electron beams obtained with the self-injection mechanism produced with the FLAME high-power laser at the SPARC_LAB test facility are shown. In detail, with an energy laser on focus of 1.5¬†J1.5\ J and a pulse temporal length (FWHM) of 40¬†fs40\ fs, we obtained an electron plasma density due to laser ionization of about 6√ó1018¬†cm‚ąí36 \times 10^{18}\ cm^{-3}, electron energy up to 350¬†MeV350\ MeV and beam charge in the range (50‚ąí100)¬†pC(50 - 100)\ pC.Comment: 6 pages, 11 figures, conference EAAC201
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