I am Lead Scientist at First Light Fusion Ltd. working in external/collaborative experiments for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research.
I was a Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF) in the Plasma Physics group performing research in High-Energy Density Physics (HEDP) and Laboratory Astrophysics. I performed experiments on pulsed-power (transient magnetic field) drivers and high-power lasers facilities with applications to astrophysics, inertial confinement fusion and fundamental plasma processes.
I investigated, through scaled laboratory experiments, the launching mechanism of young stellar jets with magnetic fields, the formation of hypersonic flows (shocks), the effect of radiative cooling in plasmas, and the physics of radiative shocks and supernovae. I regularly led experiments on the MAGPIE pulsed-power facility at Imperial College London. In parallel, I led several experiments on external high-power laser facilities, for instance the OMEGA (USA), Orion (UK), PALS (Czechia) and SG-II (China).
During my PhD I performed different experiments to investigate the formation of jets from protostars, funded by The European Community under the JETSET project. My PhD thesis was on ‘Experimental Study of Radiatively Cooled Magnetically Driven Plasma Jets’. Prior to my PhD, I did a research placement investigating the X-ray emission from X-pinches at the Optics and Plasma Physics group at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile.
et al., 2019, Interaction of hemispherical blast waves with inhomogeneous spheres: Probing the collision of a supernova ejecta with a nearby companion star in the laboratory, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:871, ISSN:0004-637X
et al., 2018, Inverse liner z-pinch: an experimental pulsed power platform for studying radiative shocks, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol:46, ISSN:0093-3813, Pages:3734-3740
et al., 2018, Analysis of microscopic properties of radiative shock experiments performed at the Orion laser facility, High Power Laser Science and Engineering, Vol:6, ISSN:2095-4719, Pages:e36-e36
et al., 2017, Counter-propagating radiative shock experiments on the Orion laser, Physical Review Letters, Vol:119, ISSN:1079-7114
et al., 2017, Counter-propagating radiative shock experiments on the Orion laser and the formation of radiative precursors, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:23, ISSN:1878-0563, Pages:60-72
et al., 2015, BOW SHOCK FRAGMENTATION DRIVEN BY A THERMAL INSTABILITY IN LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS EXPERIMENTS, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:815, ISSN:1538-4357
Suzuki-Vidal F, 2015, PLASMA PHYSICS How to spark a field, Nature Physics, Vol:11, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:98-99
et al., 2013, Observation of energetic protons trapped in laboratory magnetic-tower jets, New Journal of Physics, Vol:15, ISSN:1367-2630
et al., 2013, Interaction of radiatively cooled plasma jets with neutral gases for laboratory astrophysics studies, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:9, ISSN:1574-1818, Pages:141-147
et al., 2012, Experimental study of shock waves from the interaction of a supersonic plasma jet with an ambient gas, Shock Waves, Vol:22, ISSN:0938-1287, Pages:249-251
et al., 2012, Interaction of a supersonic, radiatively cooled plasma jet with an ambient medium, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:19, ISSN:1070-664X
et al., 2011, Experimental Studies of Magnetically Driven Plasma Jets, Astrophysics and Space Science, Vol:336, ISSN:1572-946X, Pages:41-46
et al., 2011, Interaction of a Supersonic Plasma Jet With an Argon Ambient Using Laser Interferometry, Ieee Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol:39, Pages:2830-2831
et al., 2010, Generation of episodic magnetically driven plasma jets in a radial foil Z-pinch, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:17, ISSN:1070-664X