I am a Research Associate in the Centre for Inertial Fusion Studies (CIFS), working in computational High Energy Density Physics. My research covers Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and Magneto-Inertial Fusion (MIF). For ICF, I model experiments carried out on the NIF laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the OMEGA laser at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. For MIF, I study experiments carried out on the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories.
Research topics that I am currently interested in include:
- How can we measure the temperature and density of burning plasmas in ICF experiments?
- How do magnetic fields affect thermonuclear burn?
- How can we make efficient, intense neutron sources in the laboratory?
- How can we use Quantum Computers in Plasma Physics?
Here I am talking with Varsha Krishnan about my life as a Physicist!
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