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Reference Number EP/P020607/1
Title Laser-driven radiation beamlines at SCAPA
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 5%;
NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fusion) 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 90%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr P McKenna
No email address given
Physics
University of Strathclyde
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2017
End Date 28 February 2021
Duration 47 months
Total Grant Value £1,682,511
Industrial Sectors R&D
Region Scotland
Programme NC : Infrastructure, NC : Physical Sciences
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr P McKenna , Physics, University of Strathclyde (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Dr S McArthur , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor DA Jaroszynski , Physics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor B Hidding , Physics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor Z Sheng , Physics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr RJ Gray , Physics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr M Boyd , Inst for Biomedical Science, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tsinghua University (THU). Beijing (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Texas at Austin, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , ELI-NP | Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics, Romania (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (0.000%)
Project Contact , Centro de L&'||'aacute;seres Pulsados Ultracortos Ultraintensos (CLPU), Spain (0.000%)
Project Contact , ELI Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS), Hungary (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract .We propose to create new capability and capacity for collaborative high power laser-plasma research to underpin the development and application of laser-driven radiation sources, using three new beamlines and experiment stations at the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators, SCAPA. Each of the beamlines will be configured in a unique way and with a focus on a specific category of laser-plasma interactions and secondary sources, to create a complementary suite of dedicated beamlines. This approach is required to enable the development and optimisation of laser-plasma sources from the realms of scientific investigation to real-world applications. It enables long-term investment in the optimisation and stabilisation of the beams and largely eliminates downtime for rebuilding experiments, thus enabling efficient and effective use of high power laser beam time.The equipment will support an extensive research portfolio in laser-plasma physics and multidisciplinary applications, with an emphasis on radiation sources and healthcare applications. The unique properties of laser-driven radiation sources make them attractive both as tools for science (e.g. femtosecond X-ray sources for probing the structure of matter) and for applications in a variety of sectors including: healthcare (e.g. imaging and radiotherapy); industry (e.g. penetrative probing and assay) and energy (e.g. testing the integrity of stored nuclear waste). The strategic development of this field requires a balanced programme of dedicated university-scale and leading-edge national laser facilities. The proposed beamlines will complement existing and planned expansion of national facilities at the Central Laser Facility, providing new capability and capacity to enable UK research groups to remain at the forefront of this research area and help promote international collaboration.The research will be performed collaboratively with groups from across the UK and sustained mainly through collaborative research grants. The new suite of beamlines will promote exchanges between academia and industry, and enable engagement of the UK research community with large international projects, such as the Extreme Light Infrastructure, ELI. It will also provide a unique interdisciplinary training platform for researchers..
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