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University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Description: The group at Strathclyde consists of 4 senior scientists: Prof. D. Jaroszynski, Prof. P. McKenna, Prof. Z-M Sheng and Prof. B. Hidding, and a team (25% female) of around 30 PDRAs, PhD students and support staff. The team studies laser-plasma interactions and particle accelerators based on laser and beam plasma media, and compact radiation sources based on them. The current STRATH facilities, that include a 40 TW laser and the ALPHA-X accelerator beamline, are being augmented in 2014 to form the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA), with an additional 300 TW laser and extensive facilities for applications. The ultimate goal is to produce ultra-short duration bunches of electrons of several GeV for compact X-ray FEL and synchrotron sources. The group also investigates laser-driven ion acceleration and electron transport in hot dense matter relevant to laser-driven fusion.

Excellence: The group has made pioneering advances in laser-based accelerators, radiation sources and their application, and plasma based amplifiers. They lead the ALPHA-X project and are applying plasma-based accelerators in SCAPA. They are leaders in ion acceleration using intense laser pulses, electron beam transport in dense matter and fusion related problems. The group is active in developing ELI.

Main tasks: STRATH will contribute to several tasks within the JRAs ILAT and LEPP and will participate in Networking.

Previous experience:

  • Contributor to the CHARPAC and INREX JRAs in LASERLAB-EUROPE.
  • Lead a major UK EPSRC funded project: ALPHA-X (Advanced Laser Plasma High-energy Accelerators towards X-rays) over the last 12 years.
  • Major partner of the LIBRA (Laser-Induced Beams of Radiation and their Applications) and ASAIL (Advanced Strategies for the Acceleration of Ions using Lasers) UK consortium projects
  • Principle Investigator of Ultrashort Intense X-ray Sources Driven by Extreme Laser Fields (NSFC grant)
  • Investigator in the DOE SBIR Plasma Photocathode Beam Brightness Transformer project.


16 Richmond Street
Glasgow G1 1XQ. Scotland
United Kingdom

Phone +44 (0)141 5522891


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