The book on Applications of laser-driven particle acceleration identifies research fields in which laser-based particle and photon sources can have significant impact. We consider key components of the integrated laser-driven accelerator system. This page provides an overview of meeting activity for developing its enabling component technologies.
- TARG Series - comprises the science and technology of providing an irradiation target where the laser pulse energy is converted. In combination, the focused laser pulse plus a target represents the source of accelerated bunches of electrons, protons and heavier ions as well as pulses of photons or other reaction products1.
- BLIN Series - addresses development of interfaces and devices that can diagnose and control energetic particle and photon emission from the laser-driven source. Solutions must be adapted to the specific laser-driven case. Strong electromagnetic noise and high, instantaneous flux are amongst the key challenges. It is closely associated with the beam line optics that collect and transport particle and photon emission from the laser-plasma interaction site to platforms for application.
- ALPA Series - Applications of laser-driven sources of energetic particles and photons are highlighted in this workshop series organised by SPIE. The emphasis is on realistically doable applications that are meaningful.
1where Targetry becomes Sourcery according to Eliot ... "What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." (The Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot 1888-1965)