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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.


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

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Research Output

The role of the gas/plasma plume and self-focusing in a gas-filled capillary discharge waveguide for high-power laser-plasma applications

Ciocarlan, C., Wiggins, M., Islam, M., Ersfeld, B., Abu-Azoum, S. S., Wilson, R., Aniculaesei, C., Welsh, G. H., Vieux, G. & Jaroszynski, D., 2013, In : Physics of Plasmas. 20, 7 p., 093108.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    129 Downloads (Pure)

    Straight and linearly tapered capillaries produced by femtosecond laser micromachining

    Wiggins, M., Reijnders, M. P., Abu-Azoum, S. S., Hart, K., Vieux, G., Welsh, G. H., Issac, R., Yang, X., Jones, D. & Jaroszynski, D., 2012, In : Journal of Plasma Physics. 78, special issue 4, p. 355-361 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Experimental investigation of the emission of high-brightness extreme ultraviolet radiation from laser-plasma interactions

    Author: Reid, L., 1 Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Jaroszynski, D. (Supervisor) & Wiggins, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Towards a free-electron laser driven by a laser wakefield accelerator

    Author: Anania, M. P., 17 Jun 2015

    Supervisor: Jaroszynski, D. (Supervisor) & Wiggins, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    SCAPA Management Executive Committee Meeting (Event)

    Mark Wiggins (Chair)
    19 May 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    SCAPA Management Executive Committee Meeting (Event)

    Mark Wiggins (Chair)
    3 Mar 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee