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Reference Number EP/T01153X/1
Title Plasma Accelerators for Nuclear Applications and Materials Analysis (PANAMA)
Status Started
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr JC Renshaw
No email address given
Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 November 2019
End Date 30 April 2023
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £3,045,724
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme National Nuclear Users Facility
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr JC Renshaw , Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences, University of Birmingham (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Dr P McKenna , Physics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor DA Jaroszynski , Physics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Prof RJ (Rebecca ) Lunn , Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
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Abstract In laser-driven plasma accelerators, targets are bombarded with high intensity, femtosecond laser pulses to generate novel high brightness sources of high energy particle beams and radiation pulses. The particle beams or radiation pulses generated depend on the nature of the target, but include: electron, proton, neutron and light ion beams; and electromagnetic radiation pulses from IR to gamma. The PANAMA project will utilise these particle beams and radiation pulses for advanced materials testing and characterisation, using one of the most powerful lasers in the world at the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma Accelerators (SCAPA). The PANAMA facility will provide a unique capability; the very high energy of the X-/gamma-rays produced can penetrate very dense (or very large) materials and perhaps more importantly, provide the ability to combine imaging or spectroscopy with irradiation simultaneously on the same sample to enable in-situ real-time observations of material damage. This will enable fundamental science of nuclear materials, addressing research needs in materials characterisation across the nuclear sector, from new build and fuel development and manufacture, to decommissioning, waste management and geological disposal
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