A Film on the Future of Plasma Accelerators

The recently launched short film EuPRAXIA-DN: Global Minds, Accelerating Tomorrow, showcases a major leap forward in particle accelerator technology and its potential impact across various fields. Produced by the Fellows and partners of this new pan-European consortium, the film presents an immersive overview of the EuPRAXIA Doctoral Network (EuPRAXIA-DN).

EuPRAXIA: The Future of Compact Particle Accelerators

Particle accelerators have been instrumental in advancements across research, industry, medicine, and more. However, their widespread use is hindered by significant cost and size constraints, particularly affecting hospitals, universities, and small to medium-sized enterprises. The film dives into how these limitations could be overcome through the development of more compact, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective accelerator technologies.

EuPRAXIA-DN, earth

EuPRAXIA is the first distributed research infrastructure based on innovative plasma accelerator technology. Recognized as a European priority on the ESFRI roadmap since June 2021, it offers a glimpse into a future of groundbreaking applications and innovations.

The film highlights EuPRAXIA-DN, a new 3.2M€ MSCA Doctoral Network funded by the EU and the UKRI guarantee fund, comprising 12 Fellows engaged in an interdisciplinary and cross-sector plasma accelerator research and training program. This network represents a backbone of the new EuPRAXIA research infrastructure, poised to transform the way we approach particle acceleration.

Instrumentation Technologies will work on the development and validation of an X-band Low Level Radio Frequency prototype for EuPRAXIA. The current X-band LLRF prototypes, based on frequency conversion extensions from S-band, do not provide the necessary temperature stability nor the ability to control such short RF pulses. For this reason, a new LLRF system tailored to the needs of X-band machines is to be developed. The three-year project will involve the fellow in the high-level definition of the prototype architecture, the selection of the proper components and the validation of its performance, both in the laboratory and in the test-bench at INFN in Frascati.
The Fellow joining the group of engineers at Instrumentation Technologies will take part in the prototype development.

A Leap in Film Production: The Virtual Production Technique

The film’s production with experts from Carbon Digital in Media City UK, Manchester is based on virtual production technique and thus marks a significant departure from conventional film-making methods. Network Coordinator Professor Carsten P Welsch comments on this innovative approach: “Utilizing virtual production has allowed us to vividly bring to life the complex world of particle accelerators. This technique not only enhances the visual storytelling but also significantly reduces production time and costs at much reduce environmental footprint, making it a game-changer in scientific film production.”

“The film is an invitation to explore the future of technology and its potential to revolutionize our world. We encourage everyone with a curiosity in science and innovation to watch this film and join us on this exciting journey into the future.”

The film can now be viewed on YouTube and includes subtitles in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Finnish, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Click on the link to watch now: https://youtu.be/6NPgxCdffrE.