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Optimization of Optical Injection and Electron Trapping Efficiency in a Laser…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81017
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
80798S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Leading Edge Technologies (let)
4431 MacArthur Boulevard Washington, DC 20007
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Optimization of Optical Injection and Electron Trapping Efficiency in a Laser Wakefield Accelerator (LWFA)
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84470
Award Amount: $99,750.00
 

Abstract:

The laser wakefield accelerator is one of several advanced accelerator concepts that takes advantage of the extremely high electric fields that can be supported in a plasma. Most experiments to date have operated in unstable regimes, producing either poor quality electron beams with large energy spread or poor shot-to-shot reproducibility. This project will modify the resonant laser wakefield acceleration by including a phased electron injection into a plasma channel. The modified procedure has the potential of producing high quality electron beams in a stable and controllable fashion, a prerequisite for realizing a commercial quality, compact plasma accelerator. Phase I will optimize an all-optical electron injector by experimentally combining high-density laser ionization and ponderomotive acceleration with self-modulated laser wakefield acceleration. Trapping efficiency at the entrance of the acceleration plasma channel will be enhanced through the use of novel density profiles. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: The technology should lead to compact high energy accelerators capable of producing short-pulse deep-penetrating x-rays for radiography, with applications in industry, national defense, and medicine.

Principal Investigator:

Dmitri Kaganovitch
Dr.
2027672754
dmitri@ppd.nrl.navy.mil

Business Contact:

Christos A. Kapetanakos
Dr.
2023378349
let-kapetanakos@starpower.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Leading Edge Technologies (let)
4431 MacArthur Boulevard Washington, DC 20007

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No