Ultrafast sources of Particles and X rays (UPX)
The UPX research group ( Ultrafast sources of Particles and X rays) focusses on the study of fundamental aspects of laser plasma interaction in the relativistic regime, on the development of laser plasma accelerators and particle beams, on the development of ultrafast x-ray sources from intense femtosecond lasers, and on the application of these secondary sources such as high-resolution imaging in time and space of the matter. This is a long-standing activity at LOA that has started more than 20 years ago. The group is a recognized as a world leader in these fields with many pioneering results obtained all along the years. UPX covers every aspects of the generation of ultrafast particle and X-ray sources from the understanding of fundamental phenomena to the demonstration of new concepts of sources based on laser-produced plasmas.
Recent research achievements
HHG source developments HHG source developments (High Harmonics Generation) for FEL seeding activities has shown great progress. A new HHG
Particle-beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration In a way analogous to laser-plasma accelerators (also called Laser WakeField Accelerators, LWFA), waves of electron