Rapid Low-Noise Simulation of Ultra-bright 10 GeV Electron Bunches in Laser Plasma Accelerators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85812
Agency Tracking Number: 94727
Amount: $99,691.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 64 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
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Principal Investigator
 David Bruhwiler
 (303) 448-0732
Business Contact
 Laurence Nelson
Title: Mr.
Phone: (720) 974-1856
Email: lnelson@txcorp.com
Research Institution
The BELLA project at LBNL seeks to develop ~10 GeV laser-plasma accelerator stages that will produce ultra-short, low-divergence ~1 nC electron bunches, total energy spread of ~1% and slice energy spread of ~0.1%. A beam of sufficient brightness for collider applications can be used to drive a free electron laser and so this is an experimental goal for 2012. Simulation support is required to reduce technical risk and increase the chances of experimental success. However, traditional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations suffer from high-frequency particle noise, which artificially increases the emittance and energy spread of the simulated electron bunch. Fundamentally new techniques are required to adequately suppress numerical noise. Our Phase II objective is to develop software that will reduce technical risk and help to improve the performance of next-generation laser-plasma accelerator (LPA) experiments. In Phase I, we will determine the best approach to accurate low-noise simulation of high charge, ultra-bright relativistic electron beams. Such extreme beams must be simulated as part of production LPA modeling, so we consider only finite-difference time domain electromagnetic techniques. We will consider an approach analogous to what is done in many particle tracking codes, in which self-fields (aka space charge forces) are calculated in the beam frame by solving Poisson

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