The research strategies of the Centre for Plasma Physics involve identifying and responding to the major contemporary issues within ionised matter physics, exploiting synergy derived from a close integration of experimental, theoretical and simulation studies, with major activities in laser- and electrically-produced plasmas, ultra-fast atomic and molecular physics and the interaction of ionising radiation and plasmas with biological systems. There is also activity in transferring our research findings into the industrial and medical sectors.
The Centre currently comprises 14 academic staff, 9 research fellows and 30 PhD students, with research strengths in:
- Very hot dense plasmas, x-ray lasers, warm dense matter, particle acceleration, shock waves and free electron lasers.
- Molecular quantum dynamics: ultrafast processes, molecular dynamics and ion interactions
- Physics: life sciences interface ionising radiation and plasmas interactions, biological systems for advanced therapy, intervention and diagnostics
- Ultra-intense optical lasers
- Cool, non-thermal plasmas, initiation, energy transport, instabilities and plasma chemistry
"Undertaking a masters project on laser-produced plasmas led me to enrol in a PhD in the Centre for Plasma Physics. The opportunity to work in high power laser facilities on ground-breaking research is extremely interesting and rewarding. I have presented my work in international conferences and thoroughly enjoy the high level of responsibility and autonomy I have within the research group."PhD Plasma Physics student
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