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EPSRC Reference: EP/J018171/1
Title: CRITICAL MASS: Collective radiation-beam-plasma interactions at high intensities
Principal Investigator: Jaroszynski, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Gillespie, Professor WA Ireland, Professor D ABDOLVAND, Professor A
O'Shea, Professor V McKenna, Professor P Ledingham, Professor K
Cairns, Professor RA Bingham, Professor R Boyd, Dr M
Pimlott, Dr S Gratus, Dr J Burton, Dr DA
Tucker, Professor RW
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr SM Wiggins
Project Partners:
Gwangju Institute of Science & Technolog Indiana University Sch of Med replaced? Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Max Planck Institutes National Nuclear Laboratory Shanghai Jiao Tong University
SINAPSE STFC Laboratories (Grouped) Technical University of Lisbon
The Cockcroft Institute Ulsan Nat Inst of Sci and Tech UNIST University of Texas at Austin
Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 19 April 2012 Ends: 18 January 2016 Value (£): 3,147,627
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Plasmas - Laser & Fusion
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
18 Apr 2012 EPSRC Physical Sciences Physics - April Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This proposal describes a programme of research on single-particle and collective radiation-beam-plasma interactions at high field intensities, production of high-brightness particle beams with femtosecond to attosecond duration, new sources of coherent and incoherent radiation that are both compact and inexpensive, new methods of accelerating particles which could make them widely available and, by extending their parameter range, stimulate new application areas. An important adjunct to the proposal will be a programme to apply the sources to demonstrate their usefulness and also provide a way to involve industry and other end-users. The project builds on previous experiments and theoretical investigations of the Advanced Laser Plasma High-energy Accelerators towards X-rays (ALPHA-X) project, which has demonstrated controlled acceleration in a laser-plasma wakefield accelerator (LWFA), initial applications of beams from the LWFA and demonstrations of gamma ray production due to resonant betatron motion in the LWFA. The programme will have broad relevance, through developing an understanding of the highly nonlinear and collective physics of radiation-matter interactions, to fields ranging from astrophysics, fusion and nuclear physics, to the interaction of radiation with biological matter. It will also touch on several basic problems in physics, such as radiation reaction in plasma media and the development of coherence in nonlinear coupled systems.

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