Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Plasma Physics



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724Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a theoretical plasma physicist working for 20 years in the areas of Laser-Plasma Interaction (LPI), Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High Energy Density Physics (HEDP).  I have expertise in development of multi-dimensional kinetic and fluid simulation codes and using them – together with theoretical analysis – to gain new understanding of fundamental phenomena underpinning the interaction of high-power (1012 – 1015 W), short duration (1 ps – 10 ns) laser beams with matter.  My key specialities include kinetic modelling of energy & particle transport and advanced magnetic-field dynamics.  

Recently, I started working in Magnetic Confinement Fusion (MCF).  I took a teaching sabbatical at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (Oxfordshire) in 2016/17 and initiated projects concerning the tokamak scrape-off layer (SOL).

Selected Invited Talks

  • Tutorial Talk,  IOP Computational Plasma Physics Conference – York (Nov. 2017)
        "Introduction to! Vlasov-Fokker-Planck Methods"
  • International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Plasmas  –  Leuven, Belgium (Sept. 2017)
       "2D VFP simulations of ICF-relevant ablation under non-uniform laser illumination including magnetized transport effects"
  • Tutorial Talk, CLF High-Power Laser Users Meeting – Abingdon, UK (Dec. 2016)
        "Non-Local Transport:  A Primer"
  • UK Fusion Theory Meeting – CCFE, UK (May 2016)    
    Overview of non-local electron transport modelling and research  for laser-plasmas at Imperial"
  • Atomic & Laser Physics Dept. Colloquium – Oxford (May 2015)
        "Magnetised transport phenomena in high energy-density laser-plasmas"
  • EPS, Plasma Physics Conference – Espoo, Finland (July 2013)
        "Simulations of fast electron propagation in IFE including non-local and magnetized transport effects in the background plasma"
  • Plasma Physics group at CEA/DAM  Ile de France – Paris, France (Oct. 2009)
        "Recent theoretical research on electron transport in nanosecond laser-plasmas with B-fields"
  • IOP, Plasma Physics Group Conference – Dublin (Apr. 2007)
        "Kinetic Simulations of Electron Transport in High-Power Laser-Plasma Interactions"
  • ORNL "Multiscale Sim. Workshop" – Oak Ridge (Apr. 2005)
       "Simulations of  Laser-Plasmas  and Z-pinches  at  Imperial"

Selected Teaching

UG Lecture Courses

  • Differential Equations  (2019)
  • Computational Physics  (2013–16)
  • Plasma Physics  (2009–14)
  • Basic Mechanics, Vibrations & Waves  (2006–2009)

PG Summer school lecturer

  • Culham Summer School – CCFE, UK  (2004–10)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Bell AR, Kingham RJ, Watkins H, et al., 2020, Instability in a magnetised collisional plasma driven by a heat flow or a current, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:62, ISSN:0741-3335

Shi Y, Vieira J, Trines RMGM, et al., 2018, Magnetic field generation in plasma waves driven by copropagating intense twisted lasers, Physical Review Letters, Vol:121, ISSN:0031-9007

Watkins HC, Kingham RJ, 2018, Magnetised thermal self-focusing and filamentation of long-pulse lasers in plasmas relevant to magnetised ICF experiments, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:25, ISSN:1070-664X

Hill D, Kingham RJ, 2018, Enhancement of pressure perturbations in ablation due to kinetic magnetized transport effects under direct-drive inertial confinement fusion relevant conditions, Physical Review E, Vol:98, ISSN:1539-3755

Brodrick JP, Sherlock M, Farmer WA, et al., 2018, Incorporating kinetic effects on Nernst advection in inertial fusion simulations, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:60, ISSN:0741-3335

Joglekar AS, Ridgers CP, Kingham RJ, et al., 2016, Kinetic modeling of Nernst effect in magnetized hohlraums, Physical Review E, Vol:93, ISSN:1539-3755

Robinson APL, Strozzi DJ, Davies JR, et al., 2014, Theory of fast electron transport for fast ignition, Nuclear Fusion, Vol:54, ISSN:1741-4326

Williams BER, Kingham RJ, Bissell JJ, 2013, Heat flux effects on magnetic field dynamics in solid density plasmas traversed by relativistic electron beams, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:55, ISSN:0741-3335

Thomas AGR, Tzoufras M, Robinson APL, et al., 2012, A review of Vlasov-Fokker-Planck numerical modeling of inertial confinement fusion plasma, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol:231, ISSN:0021-9991, Pages:1051-1079

Bissell JJ, Ridgers CP, Kingham RJ, 2010, Field Compressing Magnetothermal Instability in Laser Plasmas, Physical Review Letters, Vol:105, ISSN:0031-9007

Willingale L, Thomas AGR, Nilson PM, et al., 2010, Fast Advection of Magnetic Fields by Hot Electrons, Physical Review Letters, Vol:105, ISSN:0031-9007

Hornsby WA, Bell AR, Kingham RJ, et al., 2010, A code to solve the Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equation applied to particle transport in magnetic turbulence, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:52, ISSN:0741-3335

Thomas AGR, Kingham RJ, Ridgers CP, 2009, Rapid self-magnetization of laser speckles in plasmas by nonlinear anisotropic instability, New Journal of Physics, Vol:11, ISSN:1367-2630

Ridgers CP, Thomas AGR, Kingham RJ, et al., 2008, Transport in the presence of inverse bremsstrahlung heating and magnetic fields, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:15, ISSN:1070-664X

Ridgers CP, Kingham RJ, Thomas AGR, 2008, Magnetic cavitation and the reemergence of nonlocal transport in laser plasmas, Physical Review Letters, Vol:100, ISSN:0031-9007

Nilson PM, Willingale L, Kaluza MC, et al., 2006, Magnetic reconnection and plasma dynamics in two-beam laser-solid interactions, Physical Review Letters, Vol:97

Bell AR, Robinson APL, Sherlock M, et al., 2006, Fast electron transport in laser-produced plasmas and the KALOS code for solution of the Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equation, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:48, ISSN:0741-3335, Pages:R37-R57

Robinson APL, Bell AR, Kingham RJ, 2006, Effect of target composition on proton energy spectra in ultraintense laser-solid interactions, Physical Review Letters, Vol:96, ISSN:0031-9007

Kingham RJ, Bell AR, 2004, An implicit Vlasov-Fokker-Planck code to model non-local electron transport in 2-D with magnetic fields, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol:194, ISSN:0021-9991, Pages:1-34

Bell AR, Kingham RJ, 2003, Resistive collimation of electron beams in laser-produced plasmas, Physical Review Letters, Vol:91, ISSN:0031-9007

Kingham RJ, Bell AR, 2002, Nonlocal magnetic-field generation in plasmas without density gradients, Physical Review Letters, Vol:88, ISSN:0031-9007


Williams BER, Kingham RJ, 2013, Hybrid simulations of fast electron propagation including magnetized transport and non-local effects in the background plasma, 40th Conference of the European-Physical-Society on Plasma Physics, IOP PUBLISHING LTD, ISSN:0741-3335

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