Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Chair in Plasma Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 7635s.rose Website




746Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Professor Rose joined the College as the Head of the Plasma Physics Group in December 2006, a position he held until October 2012. He has worked in plasma physics for all of his career, with a particular emphasis on plasmas produced using high-power lasers. He has spent much of that time working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s Central Laser Facility where he became the Associate Director for Physics. 

In 2008 he was the first Director of the Institute of Shock Physics at Imperial College, a position he held until 2011. In 2009 he was appointed the co-Director of the Centre for Inertial Fusion Studies and from October 2011 to December 2014 he was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

From 2015 - 2020 Professor Rose was also a Professorial Research Fellow and from 2020 a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. 

In 2016 Professor Rose was appointed the first chair of the Institute for Research in Schools, a charitable trust that promotes authentic research in secondary schools.



Kettle B, Hollatz D, Gerstmayr E, et al., 2021, A laser-plasma platform for photon-photon physics: the two photon Breit-Wheeler process, New Journal of Physics, Vol:23, ISSN:1367-2630

Rose SJ, Hatfield PW, 2021, Astronomy Domine: advancing science with a burning plasma, Contemporary Physics, ISSN:0010-7514, Pages:1-10

Baggott RA, Rose S, Mangles SPD, 2021, Temperature equilibration due to charge state fluctuations in dense plasmas, Physical Review Letters, Vol:27, ISSN:0031-9007

Spencer Kelly R, Hart LJF, Rose SJ, 2021, An investigation of efficient muon production for use in muon catalyzed fusion, Journal of Physics: Energy, Vol:3, ISSN:2515-7655, Pages:1-7

Hatfield PW, Gaffney JA, Anderson GJ, et al., 2021, The data-driven future of high-energy-density physics, Nature, Vol:593, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:351-361

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