Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Chair in Plasma Physics



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746Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Professor Rose joined the College as the Head of the Plasma Physics Group in December 2006, a position he held until October 2012. He has worked in plasma physics for all of his career, with a particular emphasis on plasmas produced using high-power lasers. He has spent much of that time working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s Central Laser Facility where he became the Associate Director for Physics. 

In 2008 he was the first Director of the Institute of Shock Physics at Imperial College, a position he held until 2011. In 2009 he was appointed the co-Director of the Centre for Inertial Fusion Studies and from October 2011 to December 2014 he was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

In 2015 Professor Rose was also appointed as a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

In 2016 Professor Rose was appointed the first chair of the Institute for Research in Schools, a charitable trust that promotes authentic research in secondary schools.



Hill EG, Perez-Callejo G, Rose SJ, 2018, ALICE: A non-LTE plasma atomic physics, kinetics and lineshape code, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:26, ISSN:1574-1818, Pages:56-67

Hoarty DJ, Sircombe N, Beiersdorfer P, et al., 2017, Modelling K shell spectra from short pulse heated buried microdot targets, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:23, ISSN:1574-1818, Pages:178-183

Rose SJ, Keenan FP, Poppenhaeger K, et al., 2017, X-ray line coincidence photopumping in a solar flare, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:474, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:3782-3786

Hoarty DJ, Hill E, Beiersdorfer P, et al., 2017, Measurements of plasma spectra from hot dense elements and mixtures at conditions relevant to the solar radiative zone., Atomic Processes in Plasmas (apip 2016), Vol:1811, ISSN:0094-243X

Pike OJ, Rose SJ, 2016, Transport coefficients of a relativistic plasma, Physical Review E, Vol:93, ISSN:2470-0045

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