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Argonne Wakefield Accelerator Facility

Argonne Wakefield Accelerator Facility

In order to achieve the high accelerating gradients needed to produce the tremendous energies required by a future particle accelerator, scientists have been looking for new ideas and solutions.  Wakefield acceleration offers a potentially bold new path for the construction of the next generation of particle accelerators.

The Argonne Wakefield Accelerator (AWA) Facility is a resource unique to U.S. Department of Energy.  The AWA relies on dielectric two-beam acceleration, a concept that was first demonstrated at Argonne and is now being developed into a practical compact accelerator techology.  Plans to test the main acceleration structures at 200-500 MV/m at the AWA facility are underway.

Work at the AWA facility includes the generation of a flexible, gigawatt-scale drive bunch train and the associated diagnostics in the space-charge dominated regime; temporal electron bunch shaping and ring-beam generation both required for high transformer ratio; and emittance preservation issues such as beam break-up control of the drive beam in wakefield structures.