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We acknowledge the support of the UK EPSRC, STFC, the Laserlab-Europe consortium and the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project. Over the past decade many current and previous members of the ALPHA-X consortium have made contributions to the project, for which we extend thanks. We also thank D. Clark and T. McCanny for their technical support, without which the project would not have been possible. The authors would like to thank the OSIRIS consortium (UCLA/IST) for the use of OSIRIS. The work of NRCL was partially supported by FCT Portugal through the grant SFRH/BD/37838/2007
Gennady Shvets is in the Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin, One University Station C1500, Austin, Texas 78712, USA
The brightest gamma ray beam ever created, produced in research led by two Scottish universities, could open up new possibilities for cancer therapy.
The ray, more than a thousand billion times brighter than the sun, could be used in medical imaging, radiotherapy and radioisotope production.
Physicists led by Professor Dino Jaroszyski, of Strathclyde University in Glasgow, have discovered that ultra-short duration laser pulses can interact with ionised gas to give off beams that are so intense they can pass through 20cm of lead and would take 1.5m of concrete to be completely absorbed.
Strathclyde University was joined in the research by Glasgow University and Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon.