Mark Wiggins

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  • United Kingdom

19982020

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I am the General Manager for SCAPA - the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators - which means I oversee research that deals with laser-based accelerators and associated radiation sources. The accelerators entail focusing high-power femtosecond laser pulses onto gas/plasma/solid targets for extremely compact acceleration of electron/proton/ion beams to high energy. Very bright X-ray and gamma-ray pulses are also generated. Techniques to optimise and tailor the output characteristics are investigated as well as the basic physical processes themselves. Paramount to SCAPA of course is application development of these particle and radiation sources for the scientific, industrial and medical communities.

Keywords

  • femtosecond lasers
  • laser-driven accelerators
  • X-rays
  • gamma-rays
  • plasma discharge
  • laser-plasma interaction

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