Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Plasma Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 7650sn.bland




739aBlackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests

  • Fusion energy and extreme states of matter
  • Wire Array Z-pinches
  • Compact Hohlraums
  • Laboratory Astrophysics
  • Dense plasma jets for driving HEDP experiments
  • Radiative shock waves
  • Isentropic compression

Invited Lectures and Presentations

Presentations at:

  • Royal Society Summer Exhibition
  • British Festival of Science

Invited talks at:

  • Dense Z-Pinch Conferece 2005
  • American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics Meeting 2006
  • Institute of Physics, Plasma Physics Meeting 2008
  • International Conference of High Energy Density Physics 2009



Yanuka D, Theocharous S, Chittenden JP, et al., 2020, High velocity outflows along the axis of pulsed power driven rod z-pinches, Aip Advances, Vol:10

Miller SM, Slutz SA, Bland SN, et al., 2020, A pulsed-power implementation of “Laser Gate” for increasing laser energy coupling and fusion yield in magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF), Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol:91, ISSN:0034-6748, Pages:1-9

Yanuka D, Theocharous S, Bland SN, 2019, Pulsed power driven cylindrical wire array explosions in different media, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:26, ISSN:1070-664X, Pages:1-7

Hare JD, MacDonald J, Bland S, et al., 2019, Two-colour interferometry and Thomson scattering measurements of a plasma gun, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:61, ISSN:0741-3335

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