The Extreme Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC) is a joint UK-India innovation initiative aimed at developing technology for next-generation accelerators using lasers. Funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), this £4 million centre jointly established between UK’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) would be housed in laboratories set up at TIFR Hyderabad. The CLF at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), is a world-leader in the next- generation laser technology that can drive compact accelerators yielding bright particle and x-ray beams that, in the near future, can transform imaging capabilities in industry and medicine. TIFR has been pursuing the intense laser science over the past two decades and have unravelled many unique features in this field.
EPIC will develop and exploit laser-driven accelerator applications with economic and societal impact. The joint UK and India scheme will use particle and x-ray beams with the aim of revolutionising a wide range of areas: from industrial non-destructive testing to bio-medical imaging. EPIC will bring together world-leading expertise on laser and accelerator science and technology, target fabrication, engineering and diagnostics.
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