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AWAKE readiness for the study of the seeded self-modulation of a 400 GeV proton bunch

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Article number014046
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number1
Volume60
Number of pages12
<mark>State</mark>Published
Early online date29/11/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

AWAKE is a proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment. We show that the experimental setup briefly described here is ready for systematic study of the seeded self-modulation of the 400 GeV proton bunch in the 10 m long rubidium plasma with density adjustable from 1 to $10\times {10}^{14}$ cm−3. We show that the short laser pulse used for ionization of the rubidium vapor propagates all the way along the column, suggesting full ionization of the vapor. We show that ionization occurs along the proton bunch, at the laser time and that the plasma that follows affects the proton bunch.

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This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication/published in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at doi: 10.1088/1361-6587/aa941c