Imperial College London

Dr Francisco Suzuki-Vidal

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Associate (Royal Society Research Fellow)



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740Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus




The MAGPIE pulsed-power generator

Most of my experiments are conducted on the MAGPIE generator (Mega Ampere for Plasma Implosion Experiments), which is located in the basement of Blackett Laboratory, South Kensington Campus, London.

MAGPIE is a world-class, unique type of experimental facility capable of producing an extremely high electrical current pulse of 1.4 million Amperes in 250 nanoseconds. We drive this stong current through a material to heat it to extremely high temperatures in order to produce a high-density plasma.


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Laboratory-plasma-astrophysics aims at reproducing the physics of large-scale astrophysical phenomena through carefully scaled laboratory experiments using dense, magnetised plasmas. 


Prof Felipe Veloso, Optics and Plasma Physics Group, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), Generation of dense plasmas using pulsed power.

Dr Chantal Stehlé, LERMA, Observatoire de Paris, Radiative shocks, HED physics, laboratory modelling of accretion shocks for laboratory plasma astrophysics., 2010

Dr Mahadevan Krishnan, Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation, Alameda, CA, USA, Interaction of supersonic plasma flows with an external neutral gas ambient, 2010 - 2013