This is the home page of the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA)

The SCAPA research centre is a major initiative within the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA). Facilities include state-of-the-art laser laboratories, laser-driven plasma accelerators and radiation sources. Research is focused on the development and application of next generation accelerator technology.

Exterior view of SCAPA on Levels 1 and 2 of the John Anderson Building extension

SCAPA is a source provider: we use high intensity, femtosecond laser pulses as the driver for novel high brightness sources of high energy particle beams (electrons, protons, neutrons and light ions) and radiation pulses (THz, infra-red, X-rays and gamma rays).

By working collaboratively with our partners and clients, we use these beams in a wide variety of industrial, medical and scientific applications. SCAPA is run as a university facility, with access fees, in accordance with UK Government Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) guidelines.

A ISO Class 7 clean room for the 350 TW laser system.

An ISO Class 7 clean room for a 350 TW @ 5 Hz laser system.

SCAPA’s 40 TW @ 10 Hz laser system.