Laser guiding of electron beams in the advanced test acceleration

George J Caporaso, F. Rainer, W. E. Martin, D. S. Prono, A. G. Cole

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

61 Scopus citations


The recently demonstrated technique of laser guiding has been used to propagate successfully a 10-kA relativistic electron beam 95 m through the Advanced Test Accelerator and postaccelerator beamline. The maximum transverse displacement of the beam at the end of the Advanced Test Accelerator was 1 mm while the maximum beam breakup amplitude was 0.1 mm. The use of laser guiding constitutes a breakthrough in accelerator technology in that it is able to reduce greatly or even suppress the beam breakup instability, which is the most serious obstacle to high-current beam transport in linear induction accelerators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1591-1594
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Laser guiding of electron beams in the advanced test acceleration'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this