Our Group Projects
Plasma High-Energy Accelerators
Mostly dedicated towards the production of high energy electron bunches
(via laser wakefield acceleration) and short wavelength radiation
This project began life with a Research Councils U. K. (RCUK) Basic
Technology grant in 2002 and is currently in phase four with four
year funding from the EPSRC (since April 2016).
for Accelerating Ions with
This project began in May 2013 with an EPSRC programme grant to further
develop a higher energy laser ion sources adn understand their radiobiological
(Strathclyde – Dresden
Laser Driven Applications)
Funded by SUPA 1, a new programme of work was established in 2007
at the Forschungszentrum – Dresden (FZD) Rossendorf coupling
a 150 TW laser to a 40 MeV linac.
Funded by the European Union through the Seventh Framework Programme,
this multinational project began in May 2009. Its fourth phase commenced
in December 2015.
(Extreme Light Infrastructure)
This massive EU funded enterprise comprises three centres for intense
laser development and application. The group is closely connected
to all three facilities: ELI-Beamlines
in Czech Rep, ELI-ALPS
in Hungary and ELI-NP
(European Plasma Research Accelerator with Excellence
This Horizon 2020 funded programme began in November 2015.
(Enhanced European Coordination for Accelerator
Research & Development)
This FP7 part-funded programme began in May 2013, following
on from previous projects CARE (FP6) and EuCARD (FP7).
(International Center for Zetta-Exawatt
Science and Technology)
This project aims to drive next generation ultra-high intensity
laser to open up new frontiers in physics. It is led by Ecole Polytechnique,
University of Paris-Saclay.
Postgraduate Research Student Training
(Centre for Doctoral
Training in Next Generation
An EPSRC-funded CDT across 4 partner universities, at the University
of Strathclyde, Queens University Belfast, the University of Surrey
and the University of Huddersfield.
On-going research areas
Electron controlled Acceleration in
Plasmas to GeV energy range)
Funded by the European Union through the Sixth Framework Programme,
this multinational project ran from September 2006 for 3 years. The
TOPS laboratory and ALPHA-X Beam Line are integral elements of this
Beams of Radiation and their Applications)
This project began in November 2007 under the RCUK Basic Technology
programme and aims to develop a new generation of laser ion sources.
Transport in Dense Plasmas
This is an EPSRC funded project (since October 2007) that is investigating
energetic electron generation and transport in hot dense plasma and
involves three different U.K. research institutions.