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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.


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

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Projects 2010 2020

Selected Research Output 1998 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)

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

Open Access
self focusing
laser plasmas
high power lasers
2 Citations (Scopus)

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

laser machining
laser plasma interactions
high power lasers
14 Citations (Scopus)

Linearly tapered discharge capillary waveguides as a medium for a laser plasma wakefield accelerator

Abu-Azoum, S. S., Wiggins, M., Ersfeld, B., Hart, K., Vieux, G., Yang, X., Welsh, G. H., Issac, R. C., Reijnders, M. P., Jones, D. R. & Jaroszynski, D. A., 2012, In : Applied Physics Letters. 100, 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

plasma accelerators
laser plasmas
plasma density
laser machining
25 Citations (Scopus)

A tuneable ultra-compact high-power, ultra-short pulsed, bright gamma-ray source based on bremsstrahlung radiation from laser-plasma accelerated electrons

Cipiccia, S., Wiggins, M., Shanks, R., Islam, M., Vieux, G., Issac, R., Brunetti, E., Ersfeld, B., Welsh, G. H., Anania, M. P., Maneuski, D., Lemos, N. R. C., Bendoyro, R., Rajeev, P. P., Foster, P., Bourgeois, N., Ibbotson, T., Walker, P. A., Shea, V. O., Dias, J. M. & 1 othersJaroszynski, D., 15 Mar 2012, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 111, 6, 8 p., 063302.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

laser plasmas
plasma accelerators
6 Citations (Scopus)

Note: femtosecond laser micromachining of straight and linearly tapered capillary discharge waveguides

Wiggins, M., Reijnders, M., Abu-Azoum, S. S., Hart, K., Welsh, G. H., Issac, R., Jones, D. & Jaroszynski, D., 21 Sep 2011, In : Review of Scientific Instruments. 82, 9, 3 p., 096104.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
laser machining
Ultrashort pulses
Discharge (fluid mechanics)
Plasma interactions
170 Citations (Scopus)

Gamma-rays from harmonically resonant betatron oscillations in a plasma wake

Cipiccia, S., Islam, M., Ersfeld, B., Shanks, R., Brunetti, E., Vieux, G., Yang, X., Issac, R., Wiggins, S., Welsh, G., Anania, M. P., Maneuski, D., Montgomery, R., Smith, G., Hoek, M., Hamilton, D. J., Lemos, N. R. C., Symes, D., Rajeev, P. P., Shea, V. O. & 2 othersDias, J. M. & Jaroszynski, D. A., 18 Sep 2011, In : Nature Physics. 7, p. 867-871 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

gamma rays
46 Citations (Scopus)

Chirped pulse Raman amplification in plasma

Vieux, G., Lyachev, A., Yang, X., Ersfeld, B., Farmer, J. P., Brunetti, E., Issac, R., Raj, G., Welsh, G. H., Wiggins, M. & Jaroszynski, D., Jun 2011, In : New Journal of Physics. 13, 9 p., 063042.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
53 Citations (Scopus)

High quality electron beams from a laser wakefield accelerator

Wiggins, S. M., Issac, R. C., Welsh, G. H., Brunetti, E., Shanks, R., Anania, M. P., Cipiccia, S., Manahan, G. G., Aniculaesei, C., Ersfeld, B., Islam, M. R., Burgess, R. T. L., Vieux, G., Gillespie, W. A., MacLeod, A. M., van der Geer, S. B., de Loos, M. J. & Jaroszynski, D. A., Dec 2010, In : Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 52, 12, p. 124032 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Particle accelerators
Electron beams
Plasma accelerators
electron beams
99 Citations (Scopus)

Low emittance, high brilliance relativistic electron beams from a laser-plasma accelerator

Brunetti, E., Shanks, R., Manahan, G. G., Islam, M. R., Ersfeld, B., Anania, M. P., Cipiccia, S., Issac, R. C., Raj, G., Vieux, G., Welsh, G. H., Wiggins, S. M. & Jaroszynski, D. A., 19 Nov 2010, In : Physical Review Letters. 105, 21, 4 p., 215007 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

plasma accelerators
relativistic electron beams
laser plasmas
free electron lasers
278 Citations (Scopus)

A compact synchrotron radiation source driven by a laser-plasma wakefield accelerator

Jaroszynski, D. A., Brunetti, E., Wiggins, M., Budde, F., Jackel, O., Pfotenhauer, S., Schwoerer, H. & Rohwer, E., Feb 2008, In : Nature Physics. 4, 2, p. 130-133 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

plasma accelerators
radiation sources
laser plasmas
synchrotron radiation
102 Citations (Scopus)

Radiation sources based on laser-plasma interactions

Jaroszynski, D. A., Bingham, R., Brunetti, E., Ersfeld, B., Gallacher, J. G., van der Geer, B., Issac, R. C., Jamison, S. P., Jones, D., de Loos, M., Lyachev, A., Pavlov, V., Reitsma, A., Saveliev, Y., Vieux, G. & Wiggins, S. M., 15 Mar 2006, In : Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 364, 1840, p. 689-710 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Laser-plasma Interaction
Plasma interactions
Plasma waves
laser plasma interactions
radiation sources
6 Citations (Scopus)

Collective Rayleigh scattering from dielectric particles

Wiggins, M., Robb, G. R. M., McNeil, B. W. J., Jaroszynski, D. A., Jones, D. R. & Jamison, S. P., Mar 2002, In : Measurement Science and Technology. 13, 3, p. 263-269 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rayleigh scattering
Laser radiation
22 Citations (Scopus)

Self-amplification of coherent spontaneous emission in a cherenkov free-electron maser

Wiggins, M., Jaroszynski, D. A., McNeil, B. W. J., Robb, G. R. M., Aitken, P., Phelps, A. D. R., Cross, A. W., Ronald, K., Ginzburg, N. S., Shpak, V. G., Yalandin, M. I., Shunailov, S. A. & Ulmaskulov, M. R., 13 Mar 2000, In : Physical Review Letters. 84, 11, p. 2393-2396 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

spontaneous emission
free electrons
86 Citations (Scopus)

Generation of powerful subnanosecond microwave pulses by intense electron bunches moving in a periodic backward wave structure in the superradiative regime

Ginzburg, N. S., Novozhilova, N. Y., Zotova, I. V., Sergeev, A. S., Peskov, N. Y., Phelps, A. D. R., Wiggins, S. M., Cross, A. W., Ronald, K., He, W., Shpak, V. G., Yalandin, M. I., Shunailov, S. A., Ulmaskulov, M. R. & Tarakanov, V. P., Sep 1999, In : Physical Review E: Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics . 60, 3, p. 3297-3304 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

backward waves


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

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

IET Particle Accelerator Engineering Network Annual Event

Mark Wiggins (Speaker)
27 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk