Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow



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I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow working with the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, at Imperial College London.  My research (following on from my PhD and postdoc at Imperial, 2013, JSPS Fellowship  (2015-2017) and QST Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2020) at Kansai Photon Science Institute, Japan) is focused on exploring the physics of high intensity laser plasma interactions, with the particular aim of understanding and optimising the ion beams generated. 

The extremely large electric fields produced in laser plasma interactions are orders of magnitude higher than those possible in 'conventional' accelerators, and allow the acceleration of energetic ions (>> MeV/nucleon) over small distances (~micrometers). Such compact ion sources could be useful for medical and industrial applications.  I work on investigating the acceleration mechanisms responsible for the energetic particles, and finding ways to create beams more useful for future applications.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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

Dover NP, Nishiuchi M, Sakaki H, et al., 2020, Effect of small focus on electron heating and proton acceleration in ultrarelativistic laser-solid interactions, Physical Review Letters, Vol:124, ISSN:0031-9007, Pages:084802 – 1-084802 – 7

Dover NP, Nishiuchi M, Sakaki H, et al., 2017, Scintillator-based transverse proton beam profiler for laser-plasma ion sources, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol:88, ISSN:0034-6748

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