In April 2020, I started a new role as a Plasma Diagnostician at Tokamak Energy Ltd, a spin-out company from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, working on demonstrating the feasibility of magnetic confinement fusion in a spherical tokamak as an energy source. Prior to that, I was awarded a JSPS Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship and spent 2 years in the High Intensity Laser Science group at the Kansai Photon Science Institute in Japan. I worked on spatial and spectral x-ray measurements of fs-laser irradiated thin foil targets.
I completed my PhD in experimental plasma physics at Imperial College London in 2018. I studied the development of a multi keV x-ray backlighter source via laser irradiation of extended cluster gases. I carried out the first part of my experimental work studying the interaction of short pulse high power lasers with a cluster gas medium on the Astra Gemini laser at RAL and the second part on the 1TW Cerberus laser at Imperial College. Highlights of my work include the first demonstration of x-ray point projection imaging using a laser-driven cluster-gas target.
Prior to embarking on my PhD in 2011, I was a Microtarget Physicist in the Target Fabrication Group in the Central Laser Facility at the STFC Rurtherford Appleton Laboratory. I developed laser microtarget designs and specifications in collaboration with the PI/lead experimentalist prior to each experiment scheduled on the Vulcan and Astra Gemini high power lasers. During experiments, I worked with user groups to change target specifications in response to experimental results and negotiate on an updated design that could be delivered in the necessary time scale. This required undertaking a wide variety of activities and developing expertise in many different techniques across thin film coating, characterisation and micro-assembly.