PWASC: Terms of Reference
The establishment of the Plasma Wakefield Accelerator Steering Committee (PWASC) is motivated by the worldwide success and growth of the plasma wakefield accelerator area, and its transformative and enabling impact for applications across various areas of natural, material and life sciences. The last years have shown that there is a strongly increasing activity in the field, and at the same time the maturity of underpinning technology continues to advance at rapid pace. The global growth of plasma wakefield accelerator R&D and increasing international investment and competition requires the development of a coherent and sustainable plan for national collaboration in order to maintain and further the UK’s lead in the field. This area is inherently of cross-Research Council remit which implies an especially broad approach. The need to increase coordination, collaboration and investment is highlighted for example by the UK Accelerator Review Panel Report 2014; and is strongly supported by the Accelerator Strategy Board ASB. Along with EPSRC-funded activities, plasma acceleration is now a major pillar also in the R&D of the UK Accelerator Institutes, the Cockcroft Institute and the John Adams Institute, who support the formation of the PWASC.
Experimental research in the UK on plasma wakefield acceleration continues to be undertaken at the Central Laser Facility (CLF), complemented by major university centres such as the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA) and various leading university groups, and is enhanced by opportunities for particle beam-driven plasma accelerators at ASTeC/Daresbury Laboratory.
UK groups further have leadership roles in international plasma wakefield accelerator projects such as at CERN, SLAC, DESY, ELI, within EuPRAXIA and others.
At a community-wide meeting at CLF in 02/2016, the formation of a UK-wide Plasma Wakefield Accelerator Steering Committee (PWASC) was decided. A first constituting meeting of the PWASC took place at Daresbury Laboratory in 07/2016. The following Terms of Reference describe the role, charge and goals of the PWASC in the UK landscape, and the modus operandi of the PWASC in order to reach these goals. Both may be revised to adapt best as possible to the evolving national and international landscape and challenges. The PWASC is charged by the wider UK plasma accelerator Community and reports to this Community.
Several requirements and guiding principles were identified in order to ensure proper functioning of the PWASC. The Committee:
The Committee as of 2016 is composed of one representative each from:
An initial modus operandi is as follows: