AWAKE is a proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment. We show that the experimental setup briefly described here is ready for systematic study of the seeded selfmodulation of the 400 GeV proton bunch in the 10 m long rubidium plasma with density adjustable from 1 to 10 × 1014 cm-3. We show that the short laser pulse used for ionization of the rubidium vapor propagates all the way along the column, suggesting full ionization of the vapor. We show that ionization occurs along the proton bunch, at the laser time and that the plasma that follows affects the proton bunch.
- particle acceleration
- plasma wakefields driven by protons
- plasma wakefields seeding
- plasma-based accelerator
- seeded self-modulation