Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Chair in Plasma Physics



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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.



Pérez-Callejo G, Jarrott LC, Liedahl DA, et al., 2020, Measuring the oscillator strength of intercombination lines of helium-like V ions in a laser-produced-plasma, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Vol:256, ISSN:0022-4073

Baggott R, Rose S, Mangles S, 2020, Calculating opacity in hot, dense matter using second-order electron-photon and two-photon transitions to approximate line broadening, Physical Review Letters, Vol:125, ISSN:0031-9007, Pages:145002 – 1-145002 – 5

Behm K, Hussein AE, Zhao TZ, et al., 2020, Demonstration of femtosecond broadband X-rays from laser wakefield acceleration as a source for pump-probe X-ray absorption studies, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:35, ISSN:1574-1818, Pages:1-5

McLean KW, Rose SJ, 2020, Corrections to weighted opacities and energy exchange rate in 3-T radiation-hydrodynamics, High Energy Density Physics, Vol:35, ISSN:1574-1818, Pages:1-5

Hobbs LMR, Burridge D, Hill MP, et al., 2020, X-ray-line coincidence photopumping in a potassium-chlorine mixed plasma, Physical Review A, Vol:101, ISSN:2469-9926, Pages:053431-1-053431-8

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