Progress towards laser wakefield acceleration and applications at the Scottish centre for the application of plasma-based accelerators (SCAPA)

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Laser wakefield accelerators (LWFAs) are promising sources of high brightness particle and radiation beams with many possible applications, ranging from scientific research to medicine, industry and border security. The Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA) is a university-based facility employing the use of two high-power, ultrashort pulse lasers to advance research, development and application of laser-plasma accelerators. Here we report on recent advancements in LWFA research at SCAPA and upcoming research programmes to demonstrate proof-of-concept applications of the LWFA.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012037
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2020
EventEuropean Advanced Accelerator Concepts (EAAC2019) - Hotel Hermitage, Isola d’Elba, Italy
Duration: 15 Sep 201921 Sep 2019


  • laser wakefield accelerator
  • plasma based accelerators
  • ultrashort pulse lasers

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