Introducing The Extreme Photonics Applications Centre




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(Left: The latest photo of the EPAC building. P​hoto above was taken on​ the 16th July 2021​.​ Right: an illustration of what EPAC will look like once completed.)​​​​

We are currently building the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) in Oxfords​hire af​ter its Ground-Breaking Ceremony​ back in February 2020. EPAC is a new national ​facility to support UK science, technology, innovation and industry. It’s a partnership between UKRI, MoD, academia and industry. It 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:

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  • 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. ​​​

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