ALPA Book published
The long-awaiting ALPA Book has now been published:
“ALPA”: Applications of Laser-Driven Particle Acceleration
CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group, 2018 (ISBN 9781498766418)
editors - Paul R. Bolton, Katia Parodi and Jörg Schreiber
Lasers have been contributing to innovative accelerator advancement for a long time. Particle acceleration by longitudinal laser and laser-plasma fields has been vigorously explored during the past two decades. This has included intrinsic generation of energetic photons and neutrons. The ‘ALPA’ book presents, in two parts, a state-of-the-art review of particle acceleration mechanisms and associated capability for energetic photon and neutron generation that is precursory to describing a variety of potential applications for these distinct laser-driven sources. Most of the ALPA content concerns laser-plasma acceleration driven by laser systems of very high peak power (~ 100 terawatts to petawatts). The broad scope of potential applications which comprise Part II constitutes most of this application-centric book. Application requirements can vary significantly; the simplest can be fulfilled by the laser-plasma source alone while more sophisticated requirements mandate development of an integrated laser-driven accelerator system. Meaningful and impactful applications can motivate, guide and justify the laser-driven case. The ALPA book is uniquely dedicated to the diverse application potential of laser-driven sources and integrated laser-driven accelerator systems. It can be a useful reference for general scientific and engineering researchers.