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The 364th forum: Towards Dream Beams: On the development of ultrafast intense laser and wakefield accelerator at Tsinghua University

Date: 2019-06-15
Time: 10:00
Venue: M253
Speaker: Professor Wei Lu

Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University


Dr. Wei Lu has been a full professor of Tsinghua University since 2011, and currently he is leading a research team with a focus on the development of high quality plasma based wakefield accelerators and high performance ultrafast intense lasers for applications. In 1998 and 2001, Dr. Lu obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Tsinghua University. In 2006, he obtained his Ph.D degree on plasma physics at UCLA. Dr. Lu has received worldwide recognition for his contribution on plasma based accelerator research. He won several international awards, including the first edition of John Dawson prize of plasma accelerator community (2007), the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize on plasma physics (2014, as the first winner on laser plasma and high energy density physics), the first edition of Young Researcher Award of AAPPS on plasma physics (2016). Dr. Lu has coauthored more than 100 papers in journals and conference proceedings, including 3 Nature (1 cover), 1 Nature Photonics (cover), 1 Nature Physics, 3 Nat. Com. and 27 PRLs, with a total citation more than 4500 times. Since 2009, Dr. Lu has been on board of program or advisory committee for all the major conferences of plasma accelerators, including AAC, LPAW, EAAC and ICPP.

Dr. Wei Lu has also been selected by several major national talent programs of China, including thousands young talent program (2011), excellent young talents of NSFC, Leading young talents by MOST (2015), Ten thousands leading talents (2018).


In the 20th century, research tools based on accelerators has been growing in both sizes and their impact on science. This fact is evident in large scale colliders for particle physics and light sources for fundamental research of very broad fields. With the emerging and maturing of a new acceleration technology based on plasmas and ultrafast intense lasers, the overall landscape could be changed, or could they? This new technology, named plasma based wakefield acceleration driven by ultrafast intense lasers (2018 Nobel prize in Physics) or particle beams, can accelerate charged particles with great beam quality at more than 1000 times larger gradient than that of conventional accelerator technology, therefore it can shrink a kilometer scale monster onto a tabletop toy. In this talk, the basic concepts and recent progresses in this field will be reviewed, and a vision for building future light sources and colliders will be shared and discussed. Furthermore, the development of high quality ultrafast intense laser and wakefield accelerator technology for real life applications at Tsinghua University will also be discussed in details.

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