Introducing The Extreme Photonics Applications Centre

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EPAC's current construction status and an illustration of the completed building.
(P​hoto above was taken on the week of the 19​​th Octo​ber 2020. Left: The latest photo of the EPAC building. Right: an illustration of what EPAC will look like once completed.)​​​​

We are currently building the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) in Oxfordshire after 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 science 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. 

EPAC handshake icon copy.pngInnovation

  • 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.​

EPAC training icon copy.pngTraining
  • 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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