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Sébastien Corde


After graduating from École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2008, Sébastien Corde joined the Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée at École Polytechnique to work as a graduate student on the development of laser-plasma accelerators and their applications to femtosecond light sources. Within a few years he became an expert in his field, publishing an in-depth review article in Reviews of Modern Physics covering the research area of femtosecond x-ray sources from laser-plasma accelerators. Through a series of groundbreaking experiments, he pushed forward the understanding of the interaction underlying laser-plasma accelerators, demonstrated an innovative all-optical Compton gamma-ray source, and showed the potential of these novel light sources for applications, such as phase contrast imaging. Sébastien received his PhD in 2012 and was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Award from the American Physical Society, the “Prix René Pellat” from the French Physical Society, the John Dawson Thesis prize from the Laser and Plasma Accelerators Workshop, and the “Prix de thèse de l’École Polytechnique” from his graduate school, École Polytechnique. He continued his career as a Research Associate in the plasma wakefield acceleration group at SLAC, led by Mark J. Hogan. The experiments that he conducted at FACET have led to fast experimental progress in the field of plasma wakefield acceleration, e.g. with the demonstration of ultrahigh-field, low-energy spread acceleration of positrons in a plasma, published in Nature. Subtle physical effects, such as dark current induced by multiple ionization, and major milestones, such as the demonstration of the high-efficiency acceleration of an electron beam, were reported in high impact publications. In 2015, Sébastien started an appointment as Assistant Professor at École Polytechnique, continuing his research at the interface between beam-driven and laser-driven plasma accelerators, in particular in the context of his ERC Starting Grant project “Miniature beam-driven Plasma ACcelerators” (M-PAC). Contributing with key physics insight, such as the understanding of the role of self-focusing and head erosion for plasma acceleration in beam-ionized noble gases or the characterization of the field structure in the blowout cavity, he also lead many major experimental achievements in the field of positron acceleration in plasmas. Taking advantage of the synergies between beam-driven and laser-driven plasma accelerators, he showed their potential for an original hybrid source of bright gamma rays. Becoming full professor in 2019, Sébastien’s research activities are covering a broad range of physics phenomena in the context of the interaction between lasers, particle beams and plasmas, and their applications to particle accelerators, light sources and laboratory astrophysics. This includes the development a proof-of-concept plasma-accelerator-based free-electron laser, considered as the so-called 5th generation light source, the experimental and numerical study of astrophysically-relevant electromagnetic filamentation instabilities and of positron acceleration in plasma, beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiments using the FACET-II facility at SLAC, as well as an experimental research program on hybrid staging of laser-driven and beam-driven plasma accelerators.


Journal articles48 documents

  • C. Joshi, S. Corde, W. Mori. Perspectives on the generation of electron beams from plasma-based accelerators and their near and long term applications. Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2020, ⟨10.1063/5.0004039⟩. ⟨hal-02905422⟩
  • M. Labat, S. Bielawski, A. Loulergue, Sébastien Corde, M.E. Couprie, et al.. Interferometry for full temporal reconstruction of laser-plasma accelerator-based seeded free electron lasers. New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics: Open Access Journals, 2020, 22 (1), pp.013051. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/ab6878⟩. ⟨hal-02908769⟩
  • G. Raj, O. Kononenko, M Gilljohann, A. Doche, X. Davoine, et al.. Probing ultrafast magnetic-field generation by current filamentation instability in femtosecond relativistic laser-matter interactions. Physical Review Research, American Physical Society, 2020, 2, ⟨10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.023123⟩. ⟨hal-02567637⟩
  • P. San Miguel Claveria, E. Adli, L. Amorim, W. An, C. Clayton, et al.. Betatron radiation and emittance growth in plasma wakefield accelerators. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Royal Society, The, 2019, 377 (2151), pp.20180173. ⟨10.1098/rsta.2018.0173⟩. ⟨hal-02275691⟩
  • C. Zhang, C.K. Huang, K.A. Marsh, X.L. Xu, F. Li, et al.. Effect of fluctuations in the down ramp plasma source profile on the emittance and current profile of the self-injected beam in a plasma wakefield accelerator. Physical Review Accelerators and Beams, American Physical Society, 2019, 22 (11), pp.111301. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevAccelBeams.22.111301⟩. ⟨hal-02403749⟩
  • Bernhard Hidding, Andrew Beaton, Lewis Boulton, Sébastien Corde, Andreas Doepp, et al.. Fundamentals and Applications of Hybrid LWFA-PWFA. Applied Sciences, MDPI, 2019, 9 (13), pp.2626. ⟨10.3390/app9132626⟩. ⟨hal-02275693⟩
  • Driss Oumbarek Espinos, Amin Ghaith, Thomas André, Charles Kitegi, Mourad Sebdaoui, et al.. Skew Quadrupole Effect of Laser Plasma Electron Beam Transport. Applied Sciences, MDPI, 2019, 9 (12), pp.2447. ⟨10.3390/app9122447⟩. ⟨hal-02348963⟩
  • Julien Ferri, S. Corde, Andreas Döpp, Agustin Lifschitz, Antoine Doche, et al.. High-Brilliance Betatron $\gamma$-Ray Source Powered by Laser-Accelerated Electrons. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2018, 120 (25), pp.254802. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.254802⟩. ⟨hal-01839694⟩
  • J. Ferri, S. Corde, A. Döpp, Agustin Lifschitz, A. Doche, et al.. High-Brilliance Betatron γ-Ray Source Powered by Laser-Accelerated Electrons. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2018, 120 (25), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.254802⟩. ⟨hal-01877696⟩
  • C. Joshi, E. Adli, W. An, C. Clayton, S. Corde, et al.. Plasma wakefield acceleration experiments at FACET II. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2018, 60 (3), ⟨10.1088/1361-6587/aaa2e3⟩. ⟨hal-01717474⟩
  • C. Lindstrøm, E. Adli, J Allen, W. An, C. Beekman, et al.. Measurement of Transverse Wakefields Induced by a Misaligned Positron Bunch in a Hollow Channel Plasma Accelerator. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2018, 120 (12), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.124802⟩. ⟨hal-01742457⟩
  • T. André, I. Andriyash, A. Loulergue, M. Labat, E. Roussel, et al.. Control of laser plasma accelerated electrons for light sources. Nature Communications, Nature Publishing Group, 2018, 9, ⟨10.1038/s41467-018-03776-x⟩. ⟨hal-01763699⟩
  • Andreas Döpp, Benoît Mahieu, Agustin Lifschitz, Cédric Thaury, Antoine Doche, et al.. Stable femtosecond X-rays with tunable polarization from a laser-driven accelerator. Light: Science and Applications, Nature Publishing Group, 2017, 6 (11), pp.e17086. ⟨10.1038/lsa.2017.86⟩. ⟨hal-01651114⟩
  • A. Doche, C. Beekman, Sébastien Corde, J. Allen, C. Clarke, et al.. Acceleration of a trailing positron bunch in a plasma wakefield accelerator. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2017, 7 (14180), ⟨10.1038/s41598-017-14524-4⟩. ⟨hal-01625287⟩
  • E. Adli, C. Lindstrøm, J. Allen, C. Clarke, J. Frederico, et al.. Transverse oscillations in plasma wakefield experiments at FACET. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Elsevier, 2016, 829, pp.94 - 98. ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2016.02.054⟩. ⟨hal-01612784⟩
  • J Ferri, X Davoine, S Fourmaux, J C Kieffer, Sébastien Corde, et al.. Effect of experimental laser imperfections on laser wakefield acceleration and betatron source. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2016, 6, pp.27846. ⟨10.1038/srep27846⟩. ⟨hal-01337403⟩
  • Spencer Gessner, Erik Adli, James M Allen, Weiming An, Christine I Clarke, et al.. Demonstration of a positron beam-driven hollow channel plasma wakefield accelerator. Nature Communications, Nature Publishing Group, 2016, 7, pp.11785. ⟨10.1038/ncomms11785⟩. ⟨hal-01337399⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, E Adli, J M Allen, W An, C I Clarke, et al.. High-field plasma acceleration in a high-ionization-potential gas. Nature Communications, Nature Publishing Group, 2016, 7, pp.11898. ⟨10.1038/ncomms11898⟩. ⟨hal-01337393⟩
  • C. Clayton, E. Adli, J. Allen, W. An, C. Clarke, et al.. Self-mapping the longitudinal field structure of a nonlinear plasma accelerator cavity. Nature Communications, Nature Publishing Group, 2016, 7, ⟨10.1038/ncomms12483⟩. ⟨hal-01612693⟩
  • E. Adli, C Lindstrøm, J Allen, C. Clarke, J. Frederico, et al.. Long-range attraction of an ultrarelativistic electron beam by a column of neutral plasma. New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics: Open Access Journals, 2016, 18 (10), pp.103013 - 103013. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/18/10/103013⟩. ⟨hal-01612782⟩
  • N Vafaei-Najafabadi, W An, C E Clayton, C Joshi, K A Marsh, et al.. Evidence for high-energy and low-emittance electron beams using ionization injection of charge in a plasma wakefield accelerator. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2016, 58 (3), ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/58/3/034009⟩. ⟨hal-01612791⟩
  • M Litos, E Adli, J M Allen, W An, C I Clarke, et al.. 9 GeV energy gain in a beam-driven plasma wakefield accelerator. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2016, 58, pp.034017. ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/58/3/034017⟩. ⟨hal-01337404⟩
  • E. Adli, S.J. Gessner, Sébastien Corde, M.J. Hogan, H.H. Bjerke. Cherenkov light-based beam profiling for ultrarelativistic electron beams. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Elsevier, 2015, 783, pp.35. ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2015.02.003⟩. ⟨hal-01172543⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, E. Adli, J. M. Allen, W. An, C. I. Clarke, et al.. Multi-gigaelectronvolt acceleration of positrons in a self-loaded plasma wakefield. Nature, Nature Publishing Group, 2015, 524, pp.442. ⟨10.1038/nature14890⟩. ⟨hal-01187900⟩
  • N Vafaei-Najafabadi, K A Marsh, C E Clayton, W An, W B Mori, et al.. Beam Loading by Distributed Injection of Electrons in a Plasma Wakefield Accelerator. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2014, 112, pp.025001. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.025001⟩. ⟨hal-01172417⟩
  • M. Litos, E. Adli, W. An, C. I. Clarke, C. E. Clayton, et al.. High-efficiency acceleration of an electron beam in a plasma wakefield accelerator. Nature, Nature Publishing Group, 2014, 515, pp.92. ⟨10.1038/nature13882⟩. ⟨hal-01172514⟩
  • F Albert, a G R Thomas, S P D Mangles, S Banerjee, Sébastien Corde, et al.. Laser wakefield accelerator based light sources: potential applications and requirements. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2014, 56 (8), pp.084015. ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/56/8/084015⟩. ⟨hal-01163743⟩
  • S Z Green, E Adli, C I Clarke, Sébastien Corde, S A Edstrom, et al.. Laser ionized preformed plasma at FACET. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2014, 56, pp.084011. ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/56/8/084011⟩. ⟨hal-01172496⟩
  • Cédric Thaury, Kim Ta Phuoc, Sébastien Corde, P. Brijesh, Guillaume Lambert, et al.. Probing electron acceleration and x-ray emission in laser-plasma accelerators. Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2013, 20 (6), pp.063101. ⟨10.1063/1.4810791⟩. ⟨hal-01163773⟩
  • Cédric Thaury, E. Guillaume, Sébastien Corde, Rémi Lehe, M. Le Bouteiller, et al.. Angular-Momentum Evolution in Laser-Plasma Accelerators. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2013, 111 (13), pp.135002. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.135002⟩. ⟨hal-01163764⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc, Guillaume Lambert, R. Fitour, Victor Malka, et al.. Femtosecond x rays from laser-plasma accelerators. Reviews of Modern Physics, American Physical Society, 2013, 85, pp.85. ⟨10.1103/RevModPhys.85.1⟩. ⟨hal-01164031⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, Cédric Thaury, Agustin Lifschitz, Guillaume Lambert, Kim Ta Phuoc, et al.. Observation of longitudinal and transverse self-injections in laser-plasma accelerators. Nature Communications, Nature Publishing Group, 2013, 4, pp.1501. ⟨10.1038/ncomms2528⟩. ⟨hal-01164024⟩
  • W An, M Zhou, N Vafaei-Najafabadi, K A Marsh, C E Clayton, et al.. Strategies for mitigating the ionization-induced beam head erosion problem in an electron-beam-driven plasma wakefield accelerator. Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams, 2013, 16, pp.101301. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevSTAB.16.101301⟩. ⟨hal-01172401⟩
  • Kim Ta Phuoc, Sébastien Corde, Cédric Thaury, Victor Malka, Amar Tafzi, et al.. All-optical Compton gamma-ray source. Nature Photonics, Nature Publishing Group, 2012, 6, pp.308-311. ⟨10.1038/nphoton.2012.82⟩. ⟨hal-01164111⟩
  • P. Brijesh, Cédric Thaury, Kim Ta Phuoc, Sébastien Corde, Guillaume Lambert, et al.. Tuning the electron energy by controlling the density perturbation position in laser plasma accelerators. Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2012, 19 (6), pp.063104. ⟨10.1063/1.4725421⟩. ⟨hal-01164046⟩
  • S. Fourmaux, Kim Ta Phuoc, P. Lassonde, Sébastien Corde, G. Lebrun, et al.. Quasi-monoenergetic electron beams production in a sharp density transition. Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics, 2012, 101, pp.111106. ⟨10.1063/1.4752114⟩. ⟨hal-01164035⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, Cédric Thaury. Betatron emission as a diagnostic for injection and acceleration mechanisms in laser plasma accelerators. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2012, 54 (12), pp.124023. ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/54/12/124023⟩. ⟨hal-01163772⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc, R Fitour, Jérôme Faure, A Tafzi, et al.. Controlled Betatron X-Ray Radiation from Tunable Optically Injected Electrons. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2011, 107, pp.255003. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.255003⟩. ⟨hal-01172308⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, C. Thaury, Kim Ta Phuoc, Agustin Lifschitz, Guillaume Lambert, et al.. Mapping the X-Ray Emission Region in a Laser-Plasma Accelerator. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2011, pp.215004. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.215004⟩. ⟨hal-01166876⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, A. Stordeur, Victor Malka. Comment on “Scalings for radiation from plasma bubbles” [Phys. Plasmas 17, 056708 (2010)]. Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2011, 18, pp.034701. ⟨10.1063/1.3566012⟩. ⟨hal-01164140⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc. Plasma wave undulator for laser-accelerated electrons. Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2011, 18, pp.033111. ⟨10.1063/1.3569827͔⟩. ⟨hal-01172599⟩
  • S. Fourmaux, Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc, P. Lassonde, G. Lebrun, et al.. Single shot phase contrast imaging using laser-produced Betatron x-ray beams. Optics Letters, Optical Society of America, 2011, 36 (13), pp. 2426-2428. ⟨10.1364/OL.36.002426⟩. ⟨hal-01164270⟩
  • Ahmed Ben-Ismaïl, Olle Lundh, Clement Rechatin, J. Lim, Jérôme Faure, et al.. Compact and high-quality gamma-ray source applied to 10 μm-range resolution radiography. Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics, 2011, 98, pp.264101. ⟨10.1063/1.3604013⟩. ⟨hal-01164267⟩
  • S. Fourmaux, Sébastien Corde, K. Ta Phuoc, P. M. Leguay, S. Payeur, et al.. Demonstration of the synchrotron-type spectrum of laser-produced Betatron radiation. New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics: Open Access Journals, 2011, 13, pp.033017. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/13/3/033017⟩. ⟨hal-01164324⟩
  • Maxime Ribière, S. Jacquemot, Stéphane Sebban, Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc, et al.. Femtosecond coherent pulses in the keV range from inner-shell transitions pumped by a betatron source. Applied Physics B - Laser and Optics, Springer Verlag, 2010, 101 (4), pp.753-759. ⟨10.1007/s00340-010-4177-5⟩. ⟨hal-00523293⟩
  • Kim Ta Phuoc, Sébastien Corde, Romuald Fitour, Rahul Shah, Felicie Albert, et al.. Analysis of wakefield electron orbits in plasma wiggler. Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2008, 15 (7), pp.073106. ⟨10.1063/1.2952831⟩. ⟨hal-00573313⟩
  • F. Albert, Kim Ta Phuoc, Rahul Shah, Sébastien Corde, Romuald Fitour, et al.. Full characterization of a laser-produced keV x-ray betatron source. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2008, 50 (12), pp.124008. ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/50/12/124008⟩. ⟨hal-00573324⟩
  • Kim Ta Phuoc, Sébastien Corde, Rahul Shah, Felicie Albert, Romuald Fitour, et al.. Imaging Electron Trajectories in a Laser-Wakefield Cavity Using Betatron X-Ray Radiation. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2006, 97 (22), pp.225002. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.225002⟩. ⟨hal-00521888⟩

Conference papers13 documents

  • Sébastien Corde. High Gradient Wakefield Accelerator. CERN Accelerator School, Mar 2019, Sesimbra, Portugal. ⟨hal-02464451⟩
  • Sébastien Corde. Experimental progress in LWFA to PWFA staging. FACET-II Science Workshop 2019, Oct 2019, Menlo Park, France. ⟨hal-02466727⟩
  • Sébastien Corde. E-305: Beam filamentation and bright gamma-ray bursts. FACET-II Science Workshop 2019, Oct 2019, Menlo Park, United States. ⟨hal-02468057⟩
  • Sébastien Corde. Progress towards seeded LWFA-based FEL and lessons learned. FACET-II Science Workshop 2019, Oct 2019, Menlo Park, United States. ⟨hal-02466704⟩
  • Sébastien Corde. Status of Positron Acceleration in PWFA. CLIC Workshop 2019, CERN, Jan 2019, Lausane, Switzerland. ⟨hal-02464466⟩
  • Sébastien Corde. Gamma-ray radiation in beam-plasma interaction as a diagnostics for emittance growth in PWFA and for beam filamentation instabilities. 4th European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, Sep 2019, Isola d’Elba, Italy. ⟨hal-02468063⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, S. Gessner. Positron bunch acceleration in Plasma. ALEGRO Workshop 2019, Mar 2019, Lausanne, Switzerland. ⟨hal-02468141⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, Cédric Thaury, Kim Ta Phuoc, Agustin Lifschitz, Rémi Lehe, et al.. X-ray emission from laser-accelerated electrons and its use as diagnostic of laser-plasma interaction. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Jun 2014, San Jose, CA, United States. ⟨10.1364/CLEO_AT.2014.JTh3L.1⟩. ⟨hal-01402126⟩
  • Cédric Thaury, Sébastien Corde, Agustin Lifschitz, Guillaume Lambert, Kim Ta Phuoc, et al.. Observations of longitudinal and transverse self-injections in laser-plasma wakefield accelerators. Conference on Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons, and Ions II; and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles II; and Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves III, Apr 2013, Prague, Czech Republic. ⟨10.1117/12.2017422⟩. ⟨hal-01402024⟩
  • Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc, S. Fourmaux, Cédric Thaury, P. Lassonde, et al.. All-optical Betatron and Compton x-ray sources and application to phase contrast imaging. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), May 2012, San Jose, CA, United States. ⟨10.1364/QELS.2012.QW3F.4⟩. ⟨hal-01401771⟩
  • Cédric Thaury, Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc, Agustin Lifschitz, Romuald Fitour, et al.. Control and Mapping of X-Ray Emission in a Laser-Plasma Accelerator. 2012 CONFERENCE ON LASERS AND ELECTRO-OPTICS (CLEO), May 2012, San Jose, CA, United States. ⟨10.1364/QELS.2012.QW3F.5⟩. ⟨hal-01401722⟩
  • S. Fourmaux, Sébastien Corde, Kim Ta Phuoc, P. Lassonde, S. Payeur, et al.. Laser wakefield acceleration: application to Betatron X- ray radiation production and X-ray imaging . Conference on Photonics North, Jun 2012, Montreal, Canada. ⟨10.1117/12.2001554⟩. ⟨hal-01401690⟩
  • Léonid Arantchouk, S. Corde, C. Thaury, K. Ta Phuoc, G. Lambert, et al.. Developments of capillary discharge for laser plasma accelerators. 8th Int. Conference on Dense Z-pinches, DZP, Jun 2011, Biarritz, France. ⟨hal-02894208⟩

Preprints, Working Papers, ...1 document

  • G. Raj, O. Kononenko, A. Doche, X. Davoine, C. Caizergues, et al.. Probing Ultrafast Magnetic-Field Generation by Current Filamentation Instability in Femtosecond Relativistic Laser-Matter Interactions. 2019. ⟨hal-02290775⟩

Theses1 document

  • Sébastien Corde. Des accélérateurs laser-plasma aux sources de rayonnement X femtoseconde : étude, développement et applications. Physique des plasmas [physics.plasm-ph]. Ecole Polytechnique X, 2012. Français. ⟨pastel-00680257⟩