Imperial College London

Dr Francisco Suzuki-Vidal

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Associate (Royal Society Research Fellow)
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 7651f.suzuki Website CV

 
 
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Location

 

740Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Plasma Physics group at Imperial College London. I obtained a PhD in Plasma Physics in the group working on experiments to investigate the formation of jets from protostellar jets, funded by The European Community under the JETSET project. My PhD thesis was on ‘Experimental Study of Radiatively Cooled Magnetically Driven Plasma Jets’. Prior to my PhD, I did a research placement investigating the X-ray emission from X-pinches at the Optics and Plasma Physics group at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile.

My main research interest is in High-Energy Density Physics (HEDP) and Laboratory Astrophysics. I design and perform experiments on pulsed-power magnetic field drivers and high-power lasers facilities with applications to astrophysics, inertial confinement fusion and fundamental plasma processes.

I am specifically interested in understanding the launching mechanism of young stellar jets using magnetic fields, the formation of hypersonic flows (shocks), the effect of radiative cooling in plasmas, and the physics of radiative shocks and supernovae. I regularly conduct experiments on the MAGPIE pulsed-power facility at Imperial College London. In parallel, I conduct experiments on external high-power laser facilities, for instance the PALS laser (Czech Republic), the Orion laser (UK) and the SG-II laser (China).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Garcia-Senz D, Velarde P, Suzuki-Vidal F, et al., 2019, Interaction of Hemispherical Blast Waves with Inhomogeneous Spheres: Probing the Collision of a Supernova Ejecta with a Nearby Companion Star in the Laboratory, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:871, ISSN:0004-637X

Clayson T, Lebedev SV, Suzuki-Vidal F, et al., 2018, Inverse Liner Z-Pinch: An Experimental Pulsed Power Platform for Studying Radiative Shocks, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol:46, ISSN:0093-3813, Pages:3734-3740

Rodriguez R, Espinosa G, Gil JM, et al., 2018, Analysis of microscopic properties of radiative shock experiments performed at the Orion laser facility, High Power Laser Science and Engineering, Vol:6, ISSN:2095-4719

Suzuki Vidal F, Clayson T, Swadling GF, et al., 2017, Counter-propagating radiative shock experiments on the Orion laser, Physical Review Letters, Vol:119, ISSN:1079-7114

Clayson T, Suzuki-Vidal F, Lebedev SV, et al., 2017, Counter-propagating radiative shock experiments on the Orion laser and the formation of radiative precursors, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:23, ISSN:1878-0563, Pages:60-72

Suzuki-Vidal F, Lebedev SV, Ciardi A, et al., 2015, BOW SHOCK FRAGMENTATION DRIVEN BY A THERMAL INSTABILITY IN LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS EXPERIMENTS, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:815, ISSN:0004-637X

Suzuki-Vidal F, 2015, PLASMA PHYSICS How to spark a field, Nature Physics, Vol:11, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:98-99

Suzuki-Vidal F, Patankar S, Lebedev SV, et al., 2013, Observation of energetic protons trapped in laboratory magnetic-tower jets, New Journal of Physics, Vol:15, ISSN:1367-2630

Suzuki-Vidal F, Lebedev SV, Krishnan M, et al., 2013, Interaction of radiatively cooled plasma jets with neutral gases for laboratory astrophysics studies, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:9, ISSN:1574-1818, Pages:141-147

Suzuki-Vidal F, Lebedev SV, Bocchi M, et al., 2012, Experimental study of shock waves from the interaction of a supersonic plasma jet with an ambient gas, Shock Waves, Vol:22, ISSN:0938-1287, Pages:249-251

Suzuki-Vidal F, Bocchi M, Lebedev SV, et al., 2012, Interaction of a supersonic, radiatively cooled plasma jet with an ambient medium, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:19, ISSN:1070-664X

Suzuki-Vidal F, Lebedev SV, Bland SN, et al., 2011, Experimental Studies of Magnetically Driven Plasma Jets, Astrophysics and Space Science, Vol:336, ISSN:0004-640X, Pages:41-46

Suzuki-Vidal F, Lebedev SV, Swadling G, et al., 2011, Interaction of a Supersonic Plasma Jet With an Argon Ambient Using Laser Interferometry, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol:39, ISSN:0093-3813, Pages:2830-2831

Suzuki-Vidal F, Lebedev SV, Bland SN, et al., 2010, Generation of episodic magnetically driven plasma jets in a radial foil Z-pinch, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:17, ISSN:1070-664X

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