EuPRAXIA - European Plasma Research Accelerator with exellence in Applications

EuPRAXIA is a proposed EU design study on a "European Plasma Research Accelerator with eXellence In Applications".

Novel and small plasma accelerator compared to the FLASH accelerator. Credit: Heiner Müller-Elsner/Desy

Novel and small plasma accelerator compared to FLASH accelerator. Credit: Heiner Mueller-Elsner/DESY

A new type of accelerator that uses plasma wakefields promises gradients as high as some tens of billions of electron volts per meter—as much as 1,000 times more! This would allow much smaller accelerators that could be used for a wide range of fundamental and applied research applications.

3 M€ of funding have been awarded to 16 laboratories and universities from 5 EU member states within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. They will be joined by 25 associated partners (as of December 2018) that make additional in-kind commitments.

The goal of this ambitious project was to produce 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.

You will find more information about EuPRAXIA at: www.eupraxia-project.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 653782.