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Dept of Applied Physics
Chalmers University of Technology
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PLasma based ION Acceleration (PLIONA)

Laser-driven plasma-based accelerators can sustain acceleration gradients that are many orders of magnitude larger than those achievable in conventional accelerators. The acceleration distance can thus be reduced correspondingly, and plasma-based accelerators can be made extremely compact. The aim of this project is to contribute to the development of laser-plasma based ion sources. The main objective is to increase the efficiency, energy and beam quality of these sources.

The ion beams produced in laser-plasma accelerators have some very attractive properties, e.g. ultra-short duration at the source, large particle number and high degree of laminarity (low transverse emittance). They could potentially be suitable for a wide range of novel applications, such as hadron therapy, study of cosmic radiation damage to living organisms and spacecraft components (in particular solar cells), production of short-lived isotopes for medical diagnostics with positron emission tomography, proton imaging, injectors for conventional accelerators, thin layer activation for obtaining information about the wear or corrosion of machine parts etc.

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation awarded 38.5MSEK for a 5-year project (1 July 2014 -- 30 Jun 2019) on the above topic (the PLIONA project). Short popular science film on the project can be seen on the webpage of the Wallenberg foundation.

A list of scientific publications from the first two years of the project (1 July 2014 -- 30 June 2016) can be downloaded here PDF

Laser plasma theory and modelling workshop

We have arranged a workshop focused on theoretical issues in laser-plasma interactions on 5-7 October at Chalmers. The programme is available here. Very Smart, Interesting Person
Picture taken 6 October at the 1st Chalmers Laser Plasma Theory Workshop.

Special issue in European Physics Journal D: Relativistic Laser Plasma Interactions

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of EPJD dedicated to the physics of interaction of intense laser pulses with plasmas. The core content of this Special Issue will be based on the papers presented at the First Chalmers Workshop on Relativistic Plasma Physics Theory which was arranged by our group and took place at Chalmers October 5 – 7, 2016.

PLIONA General Assembly

The next PLIONA General Assembly meeting will take place 14-15 September 2017 at Chalmers. The last General Assembly meetings took place 22-23 October 2014, 20-21 January 2015, 2-3 June 2015, 26-27 November 2015, at Chalmers, 18-19 April 2016 in Lund, 3-4 October, at Chalmers and 9-10 March in Umeå. See the PLIONA Calendar for all the PLIONA activities (including the skype meetings).
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Picture taken at the PLIONA General Assembly meeting, 26 November 2015 at Chalmers.

Project participants: Tünde Fülöp (PT-Chalmers), Longqing Yi (PT-Chalmers), Evangelos Siminos (PT-Chalmers), Tim Dubois (PT-Chalmers), Julien Ferri (PT-Chalmers), Mattias Marklund (Q-Chalmers), Anton Ilderton (Plymouth Univ), Arkady Gonoskov (Q-Chalmers), Joel Magnusson (Q-Chalmers), Tom Blackburn (Q-Chalmers), Benjamin Svedung Wettervik (Q-Chalmers), Olle Lundh (Lund), Claes-Göran Wahlström (Lund), Malay Dalui (Lund), Alexander Permogorov (Lund), Gert Brodin (Umeå), Jens Zamanian (Umeå). Collaborators: Istvan Pusztai (PT-Chalmers), Ola Embreus (PT-Chalmers), Linnea Hesslow (PT-Chalmers), Joana Martins (PT-Chalmers), Martin Hansson (Lund), Isobel Gallardo (Lund), Henrik Ekerfelt (Lund), Jonas Björklund-Svensson (Lund), Anders Persson (Lund), Erik Wallin (Umeå/Lund), Laszlo Veisz (Umeå).