Professor Steven Jamison

Professor in Novel Methods of Particle Acceleration

Research Overview

Professor Jamison undertakes research in ultrafast and non-linear optics, and their application to advanced particle accelerators.

Prof Jamison leads a programme in laser driven particle acceleration using terahertz frequency pulses, in collaboration with Manchester Physics, Lancaster Engineering departments and the Accelerator Science and Technology centre at STFC Daresbury National laboratory. Using ultra-fast optical lasers, single-cycle, sub-picosecond Terahertz pulses can be generated with MV/cm field strengths through nonlinear processes in dielectric materials. These electro-magnetic pulses can be manipulated to have complex polarisation states, including the longitudinal polarisation needed to accelerate co-moving relativistic particle beams. Novel methods for slowing the electromagnetic pulse to subluminal speeds have also been developed. The research programme is currently progressing on demonstration of acceleration of both relativistic and sub-relativistic electron beams. Prof Jamison also has interests in Plasma-Wakefield acceleration and Dielectric-Laser acceleration concepts.

Professor Jamison has a long record in development of femtosecond-scale measurement of relativistic particle beams, through non-linear electromagnetic interactions between particle and beams. He has been an early leader in the demonstration of these techniques at many accelerator facilities, and in laser plasma wakefield acceleration experiments. He is currently working with CERN and STFC-Daresbury on an all-optical system enabling femtosecond-scale resolution with only nano-second lasers.

Professor Jamison has joined Lancaster from heading the Laser and Optics group at STFC Daresbury national laboratory, and maintains research activities and collaborations at Daresbury. He continues to have a formal role in the development of the CLARA free electron laser test facility at Daresbury.

Prof. Jamison is a member of the Cockcroft Institute for particle Accelerator Science and Technology

Lecturship Vacancies within the group.

Lecturership in Experimental non-linear optics and ultrafast phenomena

Lectureship in Laser-plasma interactions

Post-doctoral positions: coming soon.


Novel Acceleration at Daresbury Laboratory (Institute of Engineering recording) Cockcroft Institute for particle Accelerator Science

Cockcroft Institute Capital bid 2018
01/10/2018 → 31/03/2019

Cockcroft Phase 3: Year 2-4
01/04/2018 → 31/03/2021

STFC funding for staff time: Steven Jamison
01/04/2018 → 31/03/2021