The Advanced Summer School on “Laser-Driven Sources of High Energy Particles and Radiation”, jointly promoted by the Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (CNR-INO) in Pisa, and by the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, was held at the CNR Conference Facility in Anacapri, on the island of Capri, from the 9th to the 16th of July 2017. The school was supported by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), the Accelerator Research and Innovation for European Science and Society (ARIES) project via EuroNNAc, the Italian Network for the Extreme Light Infrastructures, and by the EuPRAXIA project.

The School, co-chaired by Leonida A. Gizzi (CNR-INO) and Ralph Assmann (DESY), was attended by 35 students and 18 distinguished lecturers from key institutions in the field from Europe, US and Asia. The programme of the lectures covered all aspects of plasma acceleration, with a focus on laser-driven electron acceleration and different flavours of laser-driven ion acceleration. Leading experts guided participants through a journey across the science and technology of intense lasers, including advanced laser schemes for future high average power sources, fundamental aspects of laser-plasma interactions, electron beam dynamics and advanced configurations of radiation emission, from Thomson scattering to X-ray free electron laser.  Ultrafast measurements and ultimate diagnostic techniques for laser and plasma characterization were also presented, with training on laser pulse amplification and compression, pulse duration and contrast measurement, phase control and frequency conversion, electron and ion detection. Basic and advanced concepts of numerical modelling of laser-plasma interaction physics, radiation emission and particles and radiation transport were presented in view of the development of full start-to-end simulation of future radiation sources. Finally, an overview was given of the main laser facilities featuring the most advanced high-power and high-energy laser sources. 
The School offered to participants a constructive and friendly atmosphere in the stunning coastline scenario of Capri during the peak summer season. The lectures had a truly tutorial format and provided an update to the most recent advances in the field.
A highly participated poster session with 20 posters presented by the School’s attendees was organized and open to discussion every day of the School during the extended lunch break. A "Best Poster" prize sponsored by Applied Sciences Journal Editors was awarded to Angel Ferran Pousa from DESY. A "Technology breakthrough" prize sponsored by Vacuum Components & Systems was awarded to Kai Huang from the Kansai Photon Science Institute in Japan. 

Full information and tutorial material is now available on the school website:

Capri Summer School on Laser Plasma Acceleration – Tutorials now available for download 

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