Laser Induced Beams of Radiation and their Applications

The project is aimed at developing a new generation of laser ion sources.

This research aims to develop a new type of ion source by shining a powerful laser beam on to a small piece of metal, plastic, or a liquid. The laser's energy causes intense high-energy ionising radiation to be ejected from the surface. This novel technology has wide ranging applications from cancer treatment and forensics to critical fault diagnosis and three dimensional chemical and structural analysis. For instance, laser-energised protons and ions could cut the cost and footprint of future cancer treatments by removing the need for large, expensive delivery systems. Other applications lie in science and industry. Firing a flash of ions at an object or component can reveal information about its internal structure, and be useful in engineering diagnostics and quality control of semiconductor electronics devices. Flash radiography using these beams could also test satellites destined for earth orbit for resilience to high levels of cosmic rays, or reveal faults in rapidly moving components such as turbine blades.

News and Events
  • Open day
    The LIBRA Open Day is to be held at the Royal Society, London from 10.00 on 10th February 2010.The project,... [More]

  • Diagnostic Workshop
    A joint China-UK Workshop on Advanced Diagnostics for Laser-Plasma Experiments was held at the Cosener's... [More]

 

Principal Investigator

Dr. M. Borghesi

School of Mathematics and Physics
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast
BT7 1NN UK

email: m.borghesi@qub.ac.uk

Tel.      +44 (0)2890 973516 
Secretary. +44 (0)2890 973143 
Fax. +44 (0)2890 973110