STRATH (Glasgow, UK)

The STRATH team studies the interaction between intense laser fields with plasma media as particle accelerators and compact radiation sources. Facilities include the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA), comprising 5 Hz, 350 TW, 10 Hz, 40 TW and 1 kHz, 0.6 TW lasers. SCAPA has several beamlines including laser-gas, laser-solid, medical, undulator and X-ray beamlines for applications.
Research highlights

University of Strathclyde,
Glasgow, United Kingdom


Contact: Professor Dino Jaroszynski

Laser-driven accelerators and radiation sources
Further application highlights

Lasers for Fusion Energy


The SCAPA laser facility interaction areas: (a) Beamline A2 in Bunker A, (b) Beamline B2 in Bunker B, and (c) work in progress on the ALPHA-X/medical beamline in Bunker C

The STRATH 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 include the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA), that hosts a 5 Hz 350 TW and 10 Hz 40 TW lasers, and laser-gas, laser-solid, medical and undulator beamlines for applications. An important goal is to produce ultra-short duration bunches of electrons of several GeV for compact X-ray FEL and synchrotron sources based on conventional and plasma-based undulators. The group also investigates laser-driven ion acceleration and electron transport in hot dense matter relevant to laser-driven fusion. These activities map onto a very wide range of tasks involving the development and application of plasma-based particle and radiation sources.

The SCAPA Thales 5 Hz, 350 TW laser

The group has made pioneering advances in laser-based accelerators, radiation sources, and their application (such as LWFA-VHEE radiotherapy), and plasma photonic structures and plasma-based amplifiers. They lead the ALPHA-X project and are applying plasma-based accelerators and radiation sources at SCAPA and other facilities. They are leaders in electron and ion acceleration using intense laser pulses, electron beam transport in dense matter and fusion related problems. The group is active in high field physics and is contributing to developing ELI.

The group is building a novel beamline, Plasma Accelerators for Nuclear Applications and Materials Analysis (PANAMA).

The SILIS group also has substantial theory support, using analytical and numerical methods. They also have a project to implement machine learning in laser-plasma interactions for the benefit of users of the laser-plasma sources. They also engage widely with industry, in particular the medical, nuclear, manufacturing and security industries.