FROM SLAC TO ACHIP - ACCELERATOR ON A CHIP
Prof. Robert Byer
Department of Applied Physics
First came accelerators and then came lasers. It has taken almost 50 years to realize a laser driven accelerator on a chip. Recent progress includes high gradient acceleration in fused silica structures. Electron acceleration in silicon pillar structures, focusing of electrons, compression of electron bunches to less than one femtosecond, duration.
The challenge is to demonstrate a prototype accelerator that fits into a shoe box and then to use the accelerator for scientific studies. The work is supported by the Moore Foundation and involves an international collaboration of more than a dozen faculty members and two dozen graduate students from Europe, the USA, and Asia.
(This seminar series is sponsored by Ginzton Laboratory, SPRC, Applied Physics, Physics, and HEPL)