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Title: One-to-one full-scale simulations of laser-wakefield acceleration using QuickPIC
Authors: Vieira, J.
Fiuza, F.
Fonseca, R. A.
Silva, L. O.
Huang, C. K.
Lu, W.
Tzoufras, M.
Tsung, F. S.
Decyk, V. K.
Mori, W. B.
Cooley, J.
Antonsen Jr., T.
Keywords: Electron accelerators
Plasma waves
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
Abstract: We use the quasi-static particle-in-cell (PIC) code QuickPIC to perform full-scale one-to-one laser-waketield acceleration (LWFA) numerical experiments, with parameters that closely follow current experimental conditions. The propagation of state-of-the-art laser pulses in both preformed and uniform plasma channels is examined. We show that the presence of the channel is important whenever the laser self-modulations do not dominate the propagation. We examine the acceleration of an externally injected electron beam in the wake generated by similar to 10-J laser pulses, showing that, by using 10-cm-scale plasma channels, it is possible to accelerate electrons to more than 4 GeV. A comparison between QuickPIC and 2-D OSIRIS is provided. Good qualitative agreement between the two codes is found, but the 2-D full PIC simulations fail to predict the correct laser and wakefield amplitudes.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1109/TPS.2008.927429
ISSN: 0093-3813
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at:
Appears in Collections:CTI-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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