Research to Reality

In brief

I’m a physicist with a unique role that spans research, innovation and communication, translating laser-driven accelerator research into real applications that impact our society.

I work for the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council, as the Central Laser Facility application development scientist for high power lasers1_resized

My #ResearchToReality story

I work with the most intense and powerful lasers in the world to carry out high-energy plasma physics research and engage with industry research groups to gather interest in using laser-plasma beams as a technology for advanced imaging and inspection techniques in aerospace, nuclear and advanced manufacturing sectors.

A graduate of Oxford University and PhD from University of Strathclyde, I’ve established a unique position working in the UK’s Central Laser Facility, in which my passion for application-focused research can work alongside pursuing fundamental understanding of extreme condition physics.

With 4 lead-author papers, a total publication record of 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, international experience of invited conference talks and workshop organising panels, participation in UK research strategy workshops and a leading committee position within the plasma physics community, I am fast emerging from ‘early-career’ to ‘future leader’ researcher.

My role within the Science and Technology Facilities Council is a novel combination of science and innovation. I identify as working in translational physics research, requiring aspects and viewpoints of both explorative and applied science. Hence, my unique hybrid role enables me to maintain a productive publication record alongside a leading role within collaborations between academic and industrial partners.

The science bit…..

I use the most powerful lasers in the world (petawatt, 1015 Watts) to generate micro-sized particle accelerators for applications in medicine through to aerospace. Generating bubbles of matter that are heated to millions of degrees in less than a trillionth of a second to:

-explore the physics of extreme astrophysical bodies, such as supernova explosions and the centre of stars and planets

-understand how best to ignite a star on earth as a long-term energy source solution for fusion power reactors

-design high energy and high quality beams of X-rays, neutrons and ions for non-invasive imaging and inspection in clinical and advanced engineering applications