Harnessing the tremendous electric fields produced by lasers to accelerate charged particles has long been a fantastic concept. Proposed in 1962 independently by researchers working on optical masers (Shimoda) and optical memory devices (Lohmann), the use of light to accelerate particles is now a demonstrated reality.
With the physical principles proven, effort is now directed at developing methods that provide efficient, stable acceleration. There are three principle areas of research: developing phase-locked power-efficient lasers, developing robust photonic structures that strongly couple laser radiation to charged particles, and understanding how to integrate these components into a working accelerator.
The DLA-2011 workshop is aimed at reviewing the work to date in these three major research areas, identifying the most promising R&D directions, and fostering new collaborations.
- Identify the state-of-the-art in each field as it pertains to laser-driven particle acceleration
- Outline general parameters for potential industrial, medical, compact light source, and linear collider applications
- Identify interface requirements between the accelerator, photonic devices, and laser systems in each case
- Identify critical parameters that make-or-break performance in each case
- Identify key areas needing R&D, and sketch an R&D roadmap in each of the three subject areas
- Increase awareness of efforts in adjacent disciplines, identify synergies, and grow collaborations between the accelerator physics, photonics, and laser R&D communities