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.



Yu JQ, Hu RH, Gong Z, et al., 2018, The generation of collimated gamma-ray pulse from the interaction between 10 PW laser and a narrow tube target, Applied Physics Letters, Vol:112, ISSN:0003-6951

McGuffey C, Schumaker W, Matsuoka T, et al., 2018, On the properties of synchrotron-like X-ray emission from laser wakefield accelerated electron beams, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:25, ISSN:1070-664X

Cole JM, Behm KT, Gerstmayr E, et al., 2018, Experimental Evidence of Radiation Reaction in the Collision of a High-Intensity Laser Pulse with a Laser-Wakefield Accelerated Electron Beam, Physical Review X, Vol:8, ISSN:2160-3308

Papp D, Wood JC, Gruson V, et al., 2018, Laser wakefield acceleration with high-power, few-cycle mid-IR lasers, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, ISSN:0168-9002


Symes DR, Brenner CM, Rusby DR, et al., 2018, Optimisation of compact laser driven accelerator X-ray sources for industrial imaging applications

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