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Research Interests

I am the Centre 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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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 1998 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
38 Downloads (Pure)

Application programmes at the Scottish centre for the application of plasma-based accelerators (SCAPA)

Wiggins, S. M., Boyd, M., Brunetti, E., Butler, N. M. H., Feehan, J. S., Gray, R. J., Hidding, B., Ireland, D. G., Li, W., Maitrallain, A., Manahan, G. G., McKenna, P., O'Donnell, D., Scheck, M., Shahzad, M., Sheng, Z-M., Spesyvtsev, R., Vieux, G., Watts, D. P., Welsh, G. H. & 3 others, Wilson, R., Zachariou, N. & Jaroszynski, D. A., 24 Apr 2019, Proceedings of SPIE. Hur, M. & Jaroszynski, D. A. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington, Vol. 11036. 11 p. 110360T

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
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accelerators
laser plasmas
physics
lasers
radiation
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Characterisation of a laser plasma accelerator x-ray source size using a Kirkpatrick-Baez microscope

Shahzad, M., Reid, L. R., Spesyvtsev, R., Maitrallain, A., Holt, G. K., Li, W., Vieux, G., Brunetti, E., Wiggins, S. M., Gatti, G., Luis, D. D., Volpe, L., Fedosejevs, R. & Jaroszynski, D. A., 4 Apr 2019, SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics. Hur, M. & Jaroszynski, D. A. (eds.). Bellingham, W.A., Vol. 11036. 7 p. 110360Q

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
File
plasma accelerators
x ray sources
laser plasmas
microscopes
accelerators

Thesis

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

Author: Anania, M. P., 1 Oct 2010

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

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2007 2019

HPL science community christmas meeting

Mark Wiggins (Participant)
16 Dec 201918 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

University Open Day - Department of Physics student recruiting

Mark Wiggins (Participant)
5 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course