EPAC is a new
national facility to support UK science, technology, innovation and industry.
building construction phase of EPAC was completed in May 2022 and the
building 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 science and
technology, helping to keep us safer, improve our healthcare and support
a cleaner, more productive economy.
EPAC is currently under development. Construction was completed in early 2022 and the building has been handed over to CLF teams to begin the complex installation of the new laser systems.
You can follow a detailed project timeline here.
EPAC will have the capability to conduct both scientific research and industrial research, including x-ray radiography and CT; radiation hardness and exposure testing; and neutron activation analysis. Multi-modal capabilities will allow users to combine several of the techniques in one experiment.
Find out more about EPAC's applications.
EPAC builds on the CLF's DiPOLE technology, produce laser pulses with greater intensities with higher frequencies: up to 1 Petawatt at 10 Hertz.
Find out more about the science and technology of EPAC.