Dielectric Laser Acceleration (DLA)

Accelerator on a Chip

In the Dielectric Laser Acceleration (DLA) Group, operating under SLAC Project E-163, we investigate the physics of laser linear acceleration in dielectric media. We experimentally test electron bunching at optical wavelengths, a key step in developing particle sources for laser accelerators, and devise and test optical-scale structures suitable for staged laser acceleration. This experimental effort is part of the Accelerator on a Chip International Program (ACHIP)​, led by Stanford University and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen.


Video:  Accelerator on a Chip, How it Works


Recent DLA Group News:

NPR All Things Considered, Joe's Big Idea: "Physicists Go Small" (July 18, 2018)
Audio Link: Let's Put a Particle Accelerator on a Chip
Invited Talk, Kent Wootton, International Particle Accelerator Conference (May 2017)
Towards a Fully Integrated Accelerator on a Chip (K. P. Wootton)
OSA "Spotlight on Optics" Highlight of Optics Letters Paper (July 2016)
Optics Letters: Demonstration of 690 MV/m Gradient in DLA​
Cover Feature -- IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (March/April 2016)
IEEE JSTQE Front Cover​
Invited Talk, European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop (Sept 15, 2015)
Keynote Address, SLAC Years of Service Awards (March 19, 2015)
Talk:  "Making Accelerators on Microchips"​
Reviews of Modern Physics (December 23, 2014)
Invited Article on "Dielectric Laser Accelerators"

PhD Dissertation Defense, Edgar Peralta (June 13, 2014 @ Stanford Allen 101X)
Accelerator on a Chip:  Grating-based Dielectric Microstructures for Laser-Driven Acceleration of Electrons
PhD Dissertation Defense, Ken Soong (June 3, 2014 @ SLAC Kavli Auditorium)
Particle Accelerator on a Wafer:  Demonstration of Electron Acceleration and Diagnostics with Microstructures
Physics World:  Optics and Lasers, 28-29 (May 2014)
How to Shrink an Accelerator​
Science of SLAC employee lecture, Kavli Auditorium (March 17, 2014)
Accelerator on a Chip [Download Slides]​