Introducing The Extreme Photonics Applications Centre





EPAC is a new national ​facility to support UK science, technology, innovation and industry.

The building construction phase of EPAC was completed in May 2022 and the buildin​g has been handed over to the CLF, ready to begin work installing and commissioning the systems needed to operate the facility from it's expected opening in 2025. 

A partnership between UKRI, MoD, academia and industry; EPAC will bring together world-leading interdisciplinary expertise to develop and apply novel, laser based, non-conventional accelerators ​and particle sources which have unique properties. We expect this to produce scientific breakthroughs and stimulate new solutions to challenging problems to help advance UK scie​nce and technology, helping to keep us safer, improve our healthcare and support a cleaner, more productive economy.​​​

Artist's illustration of the EPAC building once completed.

EPAC will bring:

EPAC lightbulb icon copy.pngDiscovery
  • Driving forward the scientific understanding of laser driven accelerators and sources.
  • Explore matter in extreme environments, usually only found off planet.
  • Enable experiments to simulate astrophysical events and study fundamental aspects of the universe. 

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  • R&D for a new generation of compact, super-bright, novel accelerators.
  • Advanced, multi-modal, dynamic and highly penetrating imaging capabilities
  • New technologies for advanced sensing in defence and security
  • Novel radiobiology for future therapeutic modalities.​

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  • High quality and broad spectrum training for engineers, apprentices, PhD and early career scientists, generating a pipeline of people with expert, high quality skills.

This will be made possible by the bringing together of cross-disciplinary expertise for EPAC's planning, building, operation and exploitation. ​​​


EPAC will deliver a state-of-the-art 10 Hz, 1 PW, laser to two independent experimental areas.

Experimental Area 1 (EA1)

Experimental Area 1 (EA1) has a fixed configuration, delivering a long-focus laser beamline ​​predominantly for driving a laser-wakefield accelerator. Sources derived from the accelerator will be used for experiments and industrial applications in the 20 m x 9 m applications area.

Experimental Area 2 (EA2)

EA2 contains a large vacuum chamber that can be configured in a flexible way with short, medium, and long-focus beamline options. The primary application of the area will be high density laser-matter interactions for optimisation of secondary sources as well as fundamental science studies.

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