Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics



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736Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Zulfikar Najmudin is a Professor of Physics and is currently Deputy Director of the John-Adams Institute.

The John-Adams Institute is a joint Institute for research and advancement of accelerator science with the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway College, London. Prof. Najmudin directs the division at  Imperial College that specialises in plasma based particle acceleration.

He has been a Lecturer in the Plasma Physics group in the Blackett Laboratory since 2001, and a Professor of Physics since 2011.

His research interests include interaction of high intensity laser with matter, laser-driven fusion and next generation particle accelerators.

He has been responsible for several major advances in the field of laser-plasma particle acceleration, including the first acceleration of electrons to >100 MeV, the first demonstration of narrow energy spread electron beams from laser wakefield accelerators, the first demonstration of (narrow-energy spread) shock acceleration of proton beams, and the brightest measurements yet of x-ray radiation from a laser wakefield accelerator.



Gruse J-N, Streeter MJV, Thornton C, et al., 2020, Application of compact laser-driven accelerator X-ray sources for industrial imaging, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment, Vol:983, ISSN:0168-9002, Pages:1-7

Streeter M, Najmudin Z, Shalloo R, et al., 2020, Automation and control of laser wakefield accelerators using Bayesian optimisation, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-8

Assmann RW, Weikum MK, Akhter T, et al., 2020, EuPRAXIA conceptual design report, European Physical Journal: Special Topics, Vol:229, ISSN:1951-6355, Pages:3675-4284

Underwood CID, Baird CD, Murphy CD, et al., 2020, Development of control mechanisms for a laser wakefield accelerator-driven bremsstrahlung x-ray source for advanced radiographic imaging, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:62, ISSN:0741-3335

Dover NP, Nishiuchi M, Sakaki H, et al., 2020, Demonstration of repetitive energetic proton generation by ultra-intense laser interaction with a tape target, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:37, ISSN:1574-1818, Pages:100847-100847

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