Ongoing national and European projects dealing with laser-driven particle acceleration require advanced modelling capabilities based on established codes and significant computing resources. Current effort by several groups in Italy is oriented towards both electron and ion acceleration. Generation of high quality, high-energy electron bunches is required for future demonstration of free electron laser operation in the X-ray range and other high brightness radiation sources (e.g. EuPRAXIA). Ion sources with energy in the domain of hadron therapy are being expected from the next generation of laser drivers (e.g. ELI-beamlines) while reliable operation of beam-lines based on established processes are being commissioned (e.g. L3IA).
In this context, laser-driven wakefield acceleration is aiming at controlled injection schemes while both laser and beam driven acceleration require well reproducible plasma structures, with optimized longitudinal and transverse density profiles.
Progress with ion acceleration relies on the optimization of target normal sheath fields on one side, with tailored target specifications, and advances in radiation driven schemes on the other side, with extreme intensities or polarization control, and an entirely new generation of targets.
To accomplish these objectives, start-to-end simulations are being conceived, capable of describing not only the relevant laser-plasma interaction physics, but also the detailed, realistic laser specifications and any post acceleration phase.
"Project Driven Modelling and Codes Development" (PDMCD) is a series of workshop meant to give an opportunity to all the groups to present their current activity in the above framework to give an overview of the existing project-oriented effort in this area of research, with special attention to modelling and code development.
The workshop presented in this webpage is the second in the series, following the opening one in Pisa. If you are looking for the material presented in that session, please look at this page.