Dr Mark Wiggins

Senior Research Fellow

Physics

Publications

Noise-related polarization dynamics for femto and picosecond pulses in normal dispersion fibers
Feehan James S, Brunetti Enrico, Yoffe Samuel, Li Wentao, Wiggins Samuel M, Jaroszynski Dino A, Price Jonathan H V
Optics Express Vol 28, pp. 21447-21463 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.396404
Eupraxia, a step toward a plasma-wakefield based accelerator with high beam quality
, Nghiem P A P, Hidding B, Jaroszynski D A, Sheng Z M, Wiggins S M, Yoffe S
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 1350, pp. 1-9 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1350/1/012068
Towards a high efficiency amplifier based on Raman amplification
Vieux G, Brunetti E, Cipiccia S, Eliasson B, Ersfeld B, Farmer J P, Hur M S, Lemos N, Welsh G H, Wiggins S M, Yang X, Yoffe S R, Dias J M, Jaroszynski D A
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 62 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/ab56de
Focused very high-energy electron beams as a novel radiotherapy modality for producing high-dose volumetric elements
Kokurewicz K, Brunetti E, Welsh G H, Wiggins S M, Boyd M, Sorensen A, Chalmers A J, Schettino G, Subiel A, DesRosiers C, Jaroszynski D A
Scientific Reports Vol 9 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-46630-w
Status of the Horizon 2020 EuPRAXIA conceptual design study
Weikum M K, Beaton A, Habib A F, Heinemann T, Hidding B, Jaroszynski D A, Manahan G G, Scherkl P, Sheng Z M, Ullmann D, Wiggins S M
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 1350 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1350/1/012059
Design of a double dipole electron spectrometer
Maitrallain Antoine, van der Geer Bas, de Loos Marieke, Manahan Grace, Wiggins S Mark, Li Wentao, Shahzad Mohammed, Spesyvtsev Roman, Battaglia Giorgio, Vieux Gregory, Brunetti Enrico, Jaroszynski Dino
SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics SPIE Conference Prague (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2522782

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Research interests

I am the General 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.

Professional activities

SCAPA Management Executive Committee Meeting (Event)
Chair
19/5/2020
SCAPA Management Executive Committee Meeting (Event)
Chair
3/3/2020
HPL science community christmas meeting
Participant
16/12/2019
Department of Physics Open Evening
Participant
23/10/2019
EuPRAXIA Project Annual Meeting 2019
Speaker
16/10/2019
University Open Day - Department of Physics student recruiting
Participant
5/10/2019

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Projects

Lab in a bubble
Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Boyd, Marie (Co-investigator) Brunetti, Enrico (Co-investigator) Ersfeld, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Noble, Adam (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Vieux, Gregory (Co-investigator) Welsh, Gregor H. (Co-investigator) Wiggins, Mark (Co-investigator)
"The lab in a bubble project is a timely investigation of the interaction of charged particles with radiation inside and in the vicinity of relativistic plasma bubbles created by intense ultra-short laser pulses propagating in plasma. It builds on recent studies carried out by the ALPHA-X team of coherent X-ray radiation from the laser-plasma wakefield accelerator and high field effects where radiation reaction becomes important. The experimental programme will be carried out using high power lasers and investigate new areas of physics where single-particle and collective radiation reaction and quantum effects become important, and where non-linear coupling and instabilities between beams, laser, plasma and induced fields develop, which result in radiation and particle beams with unique properties. Laser-plasma interactions are central to all problems studied and understanding their complex and often highly non-linear interactions gives a way of controlling the bubble and beams therein. To investigate the rich range of physical processes, advanced theoretical and experimental methods will be applied and advantage will be taken of know-how and techniques developed by the teams. New analytical and numerical methods will be developed to enable planning and interpreting results from experiments. Advanced experimental methods and diagnostics will be developed to probe the bubble and characterise the beams and radiation. An important objective will be to apply the radiation and beams in selected proof-of-concept applications to the benefit of society.
The project is involves a large group of Collaborators and Partners, who will contribute to both theoretical and experimental work. The diverse programme is managed through a synergistic approach where there is strong linkage between work-packages, and both theoretical and experiential methodologies are applied bilaterally: experiments are informed by theory at planning and data interpretation stages, and theory is steered by the outcome of experimental studies, which results in a virtuous circle that advances understanding of the physics inside and outside the lab in a bubble. We also expect to make major advances in high field physics and the development of a new generation of compact coherent X-ray sources."
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2020
Critical Mass: Collective radiation-beam-plasma interactions at high intensities
Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Bingham, Robert (Co-investigator) Boyd, Marie (Co-investigator) Ledingham, Kenneth (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Wiggins, Mark (Co-investigator)
This proposal describes a programme of research on single-particle and collective radiation-beam-plasma interactions at high field intensities, production of high-brightness particle beams with femtosecond to attosecond duration, new sources of coherent and incoherent radiation that are both compact and inexpensive, new methods of accelerating particles which could make them widely available and, by extending their parameter range, stimulate new application areas. An important adjunct to the proposal will be a programme to apply the sources to demonstrate their usefulness and also provide a way to involve industry and other end-users. The project builds on previous experiments and theoretical investigations of the Advanced Laser Plasma High-energy Accelerators towards X-rays (ALPHA-X) project, which has demonstrated controlled acceleration in a laser-plasma wakefield accelerator (LWFA), initial applications of beams from the LWFA and demonstrations of gamma ray production due to resonant betatron motion in the LWFA. The programme will have broad relevance, through developing an understanding of the highly nonlinear and collective physics of radiation-matter interactions, to fields ranging from astrophysics, fusion and nuclear physics, to the interaction of radiation with biological matter. It will also touch on several basic problems in physics, such as radiation reaction in plasma media and the development of coherence in nonlinear coupled systems.
19-Jan-2012 - 18-Jan-2016
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Grant, David William
Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Wiggins, Mark (Co-investigator) Grant, David William (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 01-Jan-2014
HARNESSING LASER-DRIVEN PLASMA WAVES AS PARTICLE AND RADIATION SOURCES | Grant, David William
Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Wiggins, Mark (Co-investigator) Grant, David William (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 01-Jan-2014

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