Additional Funding

In addition to the LIBRA EPSRC grant, the consortium has obtained additional funding from a number of sources, which is used towards the project's objectives.

Grants:
  • 'Ion acceleration driven by ultra-short, ultra-intense pulses ', EP/F021968/1, EPSRC Next Generation Facility Users programme
  • 'Yotta - exploring routes to the ultimate intensity regime'EP/I029206/1, PI: Ciaran Lewis, EPSRC Platform grant for QUB Laser-plasma interaction group
  • 'Ion acceleration driven by ultra-short, ultra-intense pulses'Grant funding a studentship under the Next Generation Facility Users call, PI: M. Borghesi, May 2008-Apr 2012
  • 'Next generation laser-driven neutron sources for ultrafast studies'Career Acceleration Fellowship for Dr. S. Kar, Jan 2012-Dec 2016
  • 'Multi-PetaWatt Laser-Plasma Interactions: A New Frontier in Physics'Leadership Fellowship for Prof. Paul McKenna, Strathclyde University, Mar 2012-Feb 2017
  • 'Application of Next Generation Accelerators'EP/J500094/1, EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre
Studentships:
  • Birmingham University studentship: D. Kirby
  • Imperial College studentship: C. Palmer
Facility Access:
  • Central Laser Facility (Funding: STFC)
    • 13 weeks on ASTRA GEMINI facility, 'Ion acceleration with ultraintense, ultra-short laser pulses' , PI: M. Borghesi, March-June 2009, Ref.: 81025
    • 6 weeks on VULCAN Petawatt facility, 'Plasma jets driven by Petawatt laser pulses', PI: M. Borghesi, May-June 2009, Ref.: 91028
    • 6 weeks on VULCAN Petawatt facility, 'Ion acceleration from ultrathin foils', PI: Z. Najmudin, Nov-Dec 2009, ref. 92002
    • 5 weeks of beamtime on VULCAN laser (Target Area West) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 'Laser-driven ion acoustic solitons in tenuous plasmas', PI: M. Borghesi, Apr-Mar 2010, Ref. 92015
    • 4 weeks of beamtime on VULCAN laser (Target Area West) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 'Interaction of Petawatt laser pulses with ultrathin foil targets', PI:Zulfikar Najmudin, Oct-Nov 2010
    • 4 weeks of beamtime on VULCAN laser (Target Area West) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 'Investigation of radiation pressure effects during laser-driven ion acceleration from thin foils', PI: M. Borghesi, Oct-Nov 2010, Ref. 101016
    • 5 weeks on VULCAN Petawatt facility, 'Plasma dynamics during radiation pressure acceleration', PI: Z. Najmudin, Jan-Feb 2012, ref. 112018
    • 5 weeks on VULCAN Petawatt facility, 'Light sail acceleration with intense subps pulses (a LIBRA consortium proposal)', PI: M. Borghesi, Feb-Apr 2012, Ref.: 112017
    • 5 weeks on ASTRA GEMINI facility, 'Ion acceleration in the ultraintense regime: radiation pressure mechanisms and ultra-high intensities (a LIBRA Consortium proposal)', PI: M. Borghesi, Feb-Mar 2012, Ref. 102030
    • 4 weeks on ASTRA GEMINI facility, 'Energy coupling and the onset of QED-radiation damping in ultraintense laser-irradiated solids', PI: Paul McKenna, May-June 2012, Ref. 12110011
    • 5 weeks on VULCAN Petawatt facility, 'Fusion-Neutron Source employing Laser Radiation Pressure Driven Ions', PI: Satyabrata Kar, Marco Borghesi, Peter Norreys, Robert J. Clarke, July-Sep 2012, ref. 1210010
    • 5 weeks of beamtime on VULCAN laser (Target Area West) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 'Collisionless shock waves in rarefied, magnetized media', PI: M. Borghesi, Sep-Oct 2012, Ref. 12110019
  • Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short-Pulse Spectroscopy, Berlin 
    • 5 weeks on 100 TW facility, 'Particle acceleration from a spray target due to interaction of intense laser pulses with high and ultra-high 
    • temporal contrast', PI: S Ter-Avetisyan, Nov-Dec 2008, Ref. MBI0014774 weeks on 100 TW facility, 'High energy negative ion beams from ultra-intense laser-plasma accelerator', PI: S Ter-Avetisyan, July-Aug 2011, Ref. MBI001668
    • 7 weeks on 100 TW facility, 'High energy negative ion beams from ultra-intense laser-plasma accelerator', PI: S Ter-Avetisyan, Nov 2011-Jan 2012, Ref. MBI001799