TITLE

Observations of low-aberration plasma lens focusing of relativistic electron beams at the underdense threshold

AUTHOR(S)
Thompson, M. C.; Badakov, H.; Rosenzweig, J. B.; Travish, G.; Barov, N.; Piot, P.; Fliller, R.; Kazakevich, G. M.; Santucci, J.; Li, J.; Tikhoplav, R.
PUB. DATE
July 2010
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Jul2010, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p073105
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Focusing of a 15 MeV electron bunch by a plasma lens operated at the threshold of the underdense regime has been demonstrated. The strong, 1.7 cm focal length, plasma lens focused both transverse directions simultaneously and reduced the minimum area of the beam spot by a factor of 23. It is shown through analytic analysis and simulation that the observed spherical aberration of this underdense lens, when expressed as the fractional departure of the focusing strength from its linear expectation, is ΔK/K=0.08±0.04. This is significantly lower than the minimum theoretical value for the spherical aberration of an overdense plasma lens. Parameter scans showing the dependence of focusing performance on beam charge, as well as time resolved measurements of the focused electron bunch, are reported.
ACCESSION #
52616083

 

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