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. Chirped pulse Raman amplification in plasma

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  2. High quality electron beams from a laser wakefield accelerator

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Radiation sources based on laser-plasma interactions

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Collective Rayleigh scattering from dielectric particles

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Activities

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  1. Strath Wide Researcher Conference 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. 9th Annual SU2P Symposium

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. SCAPA lab tours for school pupils

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

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