I work with the most powerful and most intense lasers in the world to heat matter to millions of degrees in less than a trillionth of a second, transforming it into the 4th state, plasma. That's super intense. And it leads to super applications.
Come along and hear how super intense lasers are used in inspiring scientific endeavours, from mimicking extreme astrophysical plasmas in the lab to motivating, real world challenges such as laser fusion as an energy source and compact particle accelerators that could be used for advanced cancer treatment.
I graduated with a PhD in plasma physics in June 2012 and since then have been working within STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) as an experimental research scientist and communicator. I also act as an industrial liaison for the department, establishing engagement opportunities for the CLF, in order to gather interest in using laser-plasma radiation sources as a technology for advanced imaging techniques relevant to industry.
Refreshments start at 7:00pm and the lecture starts at 7:30pm