EuPRAXIA is the first European project that develops a dedicated particle accelerator research infrastructure based on novel plasma acceleration concepts and laser technology. EuPRAXIA is one of the projects on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap of 2021.
EuPRAXIA - a distributed, compact and innovative accelerator facility based on plasma technology
The EuPRAXIA project aims at the construction of an innovative electron accelerator using laser- and electron-beam–driven plasma wakefield acceleration that offers a significant reduction in size and possible savings in cost over current state-of-the-art radiofrequency (RF)-based accelerators.
EuPRAXIA envisions a beam energy of 1 to 5 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) and a beam quality (single pulse) equivalent to present RF-based linacs. Its performance goals will enable versatile applications in various domains, e.g. as a compact free-electron laser (FEL), compact sources for medical imaging and positron generation, table-top test beams for particle detectors, as well as deeply penetrating X-ray and gamma-ray sources for material testing.
EuPRAXIA Design Study
The EuPRAXIA project started in 2015 with a Design Study, which was funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme, and culminated at the end of 2019 with the publication of the worldwide first Conceptual Design Report for a plasma accelerator facility
EuPRAXIA will address the demand for increased access to FEL facilities in Europe; offers unique features in time resolution, pump-probe capabilities, spatial resolution for X-ray imaging and penetration depth for material analysis; will be the first Research Infrastructure worldwide to realize an accelerator facility based on novel concepts so far have only been used in experimental tests; provides unique opportunities for education and training in innovative technologies in the European Research Area and beyond.
The EuPRAXIA design study paved the way for a compact European plasma accelerator with superior beam quality
The EuPRAXIA design study produced a Conceptual Design Report for the worldwide first high energy plasma-based accelerator that can provide industrial beam quality and user areas.
It is the important intermediate step between proof-of-principle experiments and ground-breaking, ultra-compact accelerators for science, industry, medicine or the energy frontier.
OPENING NEW HORIZONS
THE WORLDWIDE FIRST 5 GEV PLASMA-BASED ACCELERATOR WITH INDUSTRIAL BEAM QUALITY AND USER AREAS