Lab in a bubble

Project: Research

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Description

"The lab in a bubble project is a timely investigation of the interaction of charged particles with radiation inside and in the vicinity of relativistic plasma bubbles created by intense ultra-short laser pulses propagating in plasma. It builds on recent studies carried out by the ALPHA-X team of coherent X-ray radiation from the laser-plasma wakefield accelerator and high field effects where radiation reaction becomes important. The experimental programme will be carried out using high power lasers and investigate new areas of physics where single-particle and collective radiation reaction and quantum effects become important, and where non-linear coupling and instabilities between beams, laser, plasma and induced fields develop, which result in radiation and particle beams with unique properties. Laser-plasma interactions are central to all problems studied and understanding their complex and often highly non-linear interactions gives a way of controlling the bubble and beams therein. To investigate the rich range of physical processes, advanced theoretical and experimental methods will be applied and advantage will be taken of know-how and techniques developed by the teams. New analytical and numerical methods will be developed to enable planning and interpreting results from experiments. Advanced experimental methods and diagnostics will be developed to probe the bubble and characterise the beams and radiation. An important objective will be to apply the radiation and beams in selected proof-of-concept applications to the benefit of society.
The project is involves a large group of Collaborators and Partners, who will contribute to both theoretical and experimental work. The diverse programme is managed through a synergistic approach where there is strong linkage between work-packages, and both theoretical and experiential methodologies are applied bilaterally: experiments are informed by theory at planning and data interpretation stages, and theory is steered by the outcome of experimental studies, which results in a virtuous circle that advances understanding of the physics inside and outside the lab in a bubble. We also expect to make major advances in high field physics and the development of a new generation of compact coherent X-ray sources."

Description

Laboratory in a plasma bubble
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/04/1631/03/21

Funding

  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £4,494,682.00

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  • A history of high-power laser research and development in the United Kingdom

    Danson, C. N., White, M., Barr, J. R. M., Bett, T., Blyth, P., Bowley, D., Brenner, C., Collins, R. J., Croxford, N., Dangor, A. E. B., Devereux, L., Dyer, P. E., Dymoke-Bradshaw, A., Edwards, C. B., Edwart, P., Ferguson, AI. I., Girkin, J. M., Hall, D. R., Hanna, D. C., Harris, W. & 47 others, Hillier, D. I., Hooker, C. J., Hooker, S. M., Hopps, N., Hull, J., Hunt, D., Jaroszynski, D. A., Kempenaars, M., Kessler, H., Knight, P. L., Knight, S., Knowles, A., Lewis, C. L. S., Lipton, K. S., Littlechild, A., Littlechild, J., Maggs, P., Malcolm, G. P. A., Mangles, S. P. D., Martin, W., McKenna, P., Moore, R. O., Morrison, C., Najmudin, Z., Neely, D., New, G. H. C., Norman, M. J., Paine, T., Parker, A. W., Penman, R. R., Pert, G. J., Pietraszewski, C., Randewich, A., Rizvi, N. H., Seddon, N., Sheng, Z-M., Slater, D., Smith, R. A., Spindloe, C., Taylor, R., Thomas, G., Tisch, J. W. G., Wark, J. S., Webb, C., Wiggins, S. M., Willford, D. & Winstone, T., 27 Apr 2021, In: High Power Laser Science and Engineering. 9, 86 p., e18.

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  • An experimental study of focused very high energy electron beams for radiotherapy

    Kokurewicz, K., Brunetti, E., Curcio, A., Gamba, D., Garolfi, L., Gilardi, A., Senes, E., Sjobak, K. N., Farabolini, W., Corsini, R. & Jaroszynski, D. A., 23 Feb 2021, In: Communications Physics. 4, 7 p., 33.

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  • Controlling the group velocity of an intense laser pulse using a pre-pulse

    Yoffe, S. R., Ersfeld, B., Gupta, D. N., Jain, A., Tooley, M. P., Holt, G. K. & Jaroszynski, D. A., 18 Apr 2021, In: Proceedings of SPIE. 11778, 10 p.

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