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Time resolved X-ray probing of Matter under Extreme conditions

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city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 2AZ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙996˙316 €
 EC max contribution 1˙996˙316 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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 Project objective

The unique properties of a new type of X-ray source produced by a compact laser-plasma accelerator will be used to probe the ultra-fast dynamics of the electronic structure of matter under extreme conditions.

The TeX-MEx project will study: 1) hot dense matter, such as that found at the centre of the Sun; 2) warm dense matter such as that found at the centre of Jupiter and 3) photo-ionized plasmas far from equilibrium such as is found in the exotic environment of an accretion disk surrounding a black hole. These extreme conditions will be created in the laboratory using 1) direct laser heating, 2) proton heating and laser driven shock heating and 3) intense X-ray pumping using the betatron source itself and the extraordinary X-ray fluxes available with a free electron laser.

Using the unique combination of a few-femtosecond duration and broad spectral coverage that the X-rays produced by a laser wakefield accelerator possess, the TeX-MEx project will explore new physics in each of these regimes. For example we will be able to directly measure the rates of ionization of hot dense matter for the first time; we will observe the onset of ion motion in warm dense matter and how this affects the electron energy levels; we will make the first observations of non-collisional photo-ionized plasmas. These will allow us to accurately test and develop models used to describe matter under extreme conditions in the laboratory and in astrophysics.

This integrated program of innovative experiments and new approaches to modeling will open up a new field of femtosecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy of matter under extreme conditions and will drastically improve our understanding of how matter behaves throughout our Universe. It will, for the first time, bring to our laboratories on Earth the ability to probe some of Nature's most violent processes, to date only hinted at in data from a new generation of astronomical instruments.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 J. M. Cole, K. T. Behm, E. Gerstmayr, T. G. Blackburn, J. C. Wood, C. D. Baird, M. J. Duff, C. Harvey, A. Ilderton, A. S. Joglekar, K. Krushelnick, S. Kuschel, M. Marklund, P. McKenna, C. D. Murphy, K. Poder, C. P. Ridgers, G. M. Samarin, G. Sarri, D. R. Symes, A. G. R. Thomas, J. Warwick, M. Zepf, Z. Najmudin, S. P. D. Mangles
Experimental Evidence of Radiation Reaction in the Collision of a High-Intensity Laser Pulse with a Laser-Wakefield Accelerated Electron Beam
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.011020
Physical Review X 8/1 2019-09-04
2017 P A Walker, P D Alesini, A S Alexandrova, M P Anania, N E Andreev, I Andriyash, A Aschikhin, R W Assmann, T Audet, A Bacci, I F Barna, A Beaton, A Beck, A Beluze, A Bernhard, S Bielawski, F G Bisesto, J Boedewadt, F Brandi, O Bringer, R Brinkmann, E Bründermann, M Büscher, M Bussmann, G C Bussolino, A Chance, J C Chanteloup, M Chen, E Chiadroni, A Cianchi, J Clarke, J Cole, M E Couprie, M Croia,
Horizon 2020 EuPRAXIA design study
published pages: 12029, ISSN: 1742-6588, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/874/1/012029
Journal of Physics: Conference Series 874 2019-09-04
2018 K. Poder, M. Tamburini, G. Sarri, A. Di Piazza, S. Kuschel, C. D. Baird, K. Behm, S. Bohlen, J. M. Cole, D. J. Corvan, M. Duff, E. Gerstmayr, C. H. Keitel, K. Krushelnick, S. P. D. Mangles, P. McKenna, C. D. Murphy, Z. Najmudin, C. P. Ridgers, G. M. Samarin, D. R. Symes, A. G. R. Thomas, J. Warwick, M. Zepf
Experimental Signatures of the Quantum Nature of Radiation Reaction in the Field of an Ultraintense Laser
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/physrevx.8.031004
Physical Review X 8/3 2019-09-04
2018 J. C. Wood, D. J. Chapman, K. Poder, N. C. Lopes, M. E. Rutherford, T. G. White, F. Albert, K. T. Behm, N. Booth, J. S. J. Bryant, P. S. Foster, S. Glenzer, E. Hill, K. Krushelnick, Z. Najmudin, B. B. Pollock, S. Rose, W. Schumaker, R. H. H. Scott, M. Sherlock, A. G. R. Thomas, Z. Zhao, D. E. Eakins, S. P. D. Mangles
Ultrafast Imaging of Laser Driven Shock Waves using Betatron X-rays from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-29347-0
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-09-04
2019 Oliver Gould, Stuart Mangles, Arttu Rajantie, Steven Rose, Cheng Xie
Observing thermal Schwinger pair production
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.99.052120
Physical Review A 99/5 2019-09-04

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