Mark Wiggins

Research Fellow

Research Interests

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.

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    Research areas

  • femtosecond lasers, laser-driven accelerators, X-rays, gamma-rays, plasma discharge, laser-plasma interaction
  1. Straight and linearly tapered capillaries produced by femtosecond laser micromachining

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  3. Chirped pulse Raman amplification in plasma

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. High quality electron beams from a laser wakefield accelerator

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Radiation sources based on laser-plasma interactions

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Collective Rayleigh scattering from dielectric particles

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Activities

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  1. University Open Day - Department of Physics student recruiting

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. SCAPA Management Executive Committee Meeting

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Hosting academic visitor

  3. Strath Wide Researcher Conference 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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Mark Wiggins

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