Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Plasma Physics



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Laser-Plasmas & ICF

  • Theoretical & computational
  • Fundamental aspects of LPI phenomena
  • Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)
  • High-power nanosecond duration  &  ultra-high intensity picosecond duration regimes
  • Experimental support: design & analysis

Electron transport

Magnetic-field phenomena in laser-plasmas

Inertial Confinement Fusion

Multi-dimensional simulation development

  • Vlasov-Fokker-Planck codes;  IMPACTIMPACTA ,  KALOS
  • (Magneto-)Hydrodynamic codes;  CTC , PARAMAGNET ,  ODIN

Orbital angular momentum (OAM) effects in relativistic LPI

  • Torque of twisted light & AM transfer to plasma
  • Effects due to interaction with dense plasma

Magnetic Confinement Fusion

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  • Kinetic transport in the tokamak scape-off layer (SOL)

Visiting Positions

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  • Central Laser Facility,  Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.
  • National Ignition Facility,  LLNL,  US. 
  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy,  UK.


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Royal Society

Newton International Fellowship, supporting Dr Yin Shi (formerly of SIOM, China) on:
"Laser-plasma interaction with a new twist: Exploring Orbital Angular Momentum effects"
(April 2016, 2 years) 


"CCP Flagship: A radiation-hydrodynamics code for the UK laser-plasma community",  joint grant between Warwick, Imperial, York and STFC to develop the ODIN code.  (April 2015, 3 years).   
[Grant no.  EP/M01102X/1]

Current Team & Alumni

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Current team

  • Stefan Mijin – PhD (year 4) – Modelling of Kinetic Effects in Parallel Transport in the Tokamak Scrape-Off Layer
  • Abetharan Antony – PhD (year 2) – Rad-Hydro modelling of hohlraum energtics including kinetically treated electrons
  • Dominic Power – PhD (year 1) – Incorporating molecular and impurity effects into kinetic parallel electron transport modelling of SOL detachment 
  • Yinhong Liu – MSc summer project student – PIC simulations of exotic electron transport phenomena in ICF


  • Henry Watkins – PhD (Nov. 2019) – Studies of Magnetised and Non-Local Transport in Laser- Plasma Interactions
  • Dominic Hill – PhD (Dec. 2018) – Kinetic Magnetized Transport in Ablating Laser-Produced Plasmas 
  • Martin Read – PhD (Mar. 2016) – The role of magnetised transport effects on long-pulse laser-plasma beam dynamics 
  • Brennig Williams – PhD (Dec. 2012) – Theory and modelling of fast electron transport in laser-plasma interactions
  • John Bissell – PhD (Jan. 2012) – Magnetized transport and instability in laser produced plasmas
  • William Hornsby – PhD (Jul. 2008) – Kinetic simulation of plasma transport in magnetic turbulence 
  • Christopher Ridgers – PhD (Jul. 2008) – Magnetic Fields & Non-Local Transport in Laser Plasmas
  • Yin Shi – Royal Society Newton International Fellow (Apr. 2016 – Mar. 2018)
  • Christopher Ridgers – Postdoctoral Research Assistant (May. 2008 – Sept. 2010)
  • Alexander Thomas – Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Oct. 2006 – Mar. 2008)

Guest Lectures

Laser Plasma Physics, Culham Plasma Physics Summer School,Culham Center for Fusion Energy, Oxfordshire, UK, 2010

Research Staff



Research Student Supervision

BISSELL,J, Extended Classical Transport Theory & MHD Code Development for Laser-Plasmas

Hornsby,WA, Kinetic Simulation of Plasma Transport in Magnetic turbulence

Ridgers,C, Magnetic Fields and Non-Local Transport in Laser Plasmas

Simpson,A, Kinetic modelling of laser ablation in inertial confinement fusion

WILLIAMS,B, Fast Electron Transport Modelling using a New VFP-PIC Hybrid Code