These week is schedule the EuPRAXIA's kick-off meeting. EuPRAXIA is the first European project that develops a dedicated particle accelerator research infrastructure based on novel plasma acceleration concepts and laser technology.
The European plasma accelerator community has received a major impulse for the development of a user-ready plasma accelerator facility with the funding of several multi-million euro initiatives under the umbrella of the EuPRAXIA project. These are EuPRAXIA Preparatory Phase, EuPRAXIA Doctoral Network, and EuPRAXIA Advanced Photon Sources (EuAPS), as well as funding for the construction of one of the sites of EuPRAXIA in Frascati, near Rome.
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-based accelerators.
The EuPRAXIA project started 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 was then included in 2021 in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap, which identifies those research facilities of pan-European importance that correspond to the long-term needs of the European research communities.
The Physics Department of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" contributes substantially to the project, with EuAPS, thanks to Prof. Alessandro Cianchi (Local scientific manager) and prof. Francesco Stellato.
Various colleagues from The Physics Department of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" also collaborate on the project and its issues: Dr. Mario Galletti on the laser part, Prof.ssa Silvia Morante and Dr. Velia Menicozzi on biophysical applications, Prof. Mauro Sbragaglia, the Dr. Gianmarco Parise, Dr. Fabio Guglietta and Dr. Daniele Simeoni on innovative simulation schemes for plasma, Prof. Matteo Salvato on the part of the instrumentation for users.
Finally, it is natural to emphasize the synergy that such a project has with another national research infrastructure, ISIS @ MACH ITALIA (IM @ IT), leader of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, executive director Prof. Carla Andreani and director of the Tor Vergata Unit Prof. Roberto Senesi, both from The Physics Department of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata"; Dr. Giovanni Romanelli and Dr. Enrico Preziosi from the Physics department collaborate on the project. IM @ IT acts as a natural interlocutor for future EuPRAXIA users.
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