The FLASHForward facility at DESY

A. Aschikhin, C. Behrens, S. Bohlen, J. Dale, N. Delbos, L. Di Lucchio, E. Elsen, J. H. Erbe, M. Felber, B. Foster*, L. Goldberg, J. Grebenyuk, J. N. Gruse, B. Hidding, Zhanghu Hu, S. Karstensen, A. Knetsch, O. Kononenko, V. Libov, K. LudwigA. R. Maier, A. Martinez De La Ossa, T. Mehrling, C. A.J. Palmer, F. Pannek, L. Schaper, H. Schlarb, B. Schmidt, S. Schreiber, J. P. Schwinkendorf, H. Steel, M. Streeter, G. Tauscher, V. Wacker, S. Weichert, S. Wunderlich, J. Zemella, J. Osterhoff

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The FLASHForward project at DESY is a pioneering plasma-wakefield acceleration experiment that aims to produce, in a few centimetres of ionised hydrogen, beams with energy of order GeV that are of quality sufficient to be used in a free-electron laser. The plasma is created by ionising a gas in a gas cell with a multi-TW laser system. The plasma wave will be driven by high-current-density electron beams from the FLASH linear accelerator. The laser system can also be used to provide optical diagnostics of the plasma and electron beams due to the <30 fs synchronisation between the laser and the driving electron beam. The project will explore both external and internal witness-beam injection techniques. The operation parameters of the experiment are discussed, as well as the scientific programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Acceleration
  • Beamline
  • Plasma
  • Spectrometer
  • Wakefield

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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