Invited speakers


Inside an ion Larmor orbit

Ruth Bamford, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK

Dr. Ruth Bamford is a senior researcher in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory space science department. She joined RAL Space in 1996 having spent 9 years at CCFE Culham as an experimentalist, during which she gained her PhD from Uni. of Essex and was a post-doc with Imperial College London. In 1999 she proposed the Radio Experiments for the UK total solar eclipse which involved detecting how the lunar shadow altered the ionosphere and radio propagation. She now works on kinetic effects of space plasmas and Space Weather in many environments including at the Moon, comets, solar wind, Mars, Pluto and the ionosphere. She is particularly associated with determining if artificial mini-magnetospheres could be a practical solution to astronaut protection from cosmic rays.



Diagnosis and applications of laser wakefield accelerators (Culham Thesis Prize)

Jason Cole, Imperial College London, London, UK

Dr. Jason Cole is a postdoctoral research associate with the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, based at the plasma physics group of Imperial College London. He worked on laser wakefield acceleration throughout his PhD, primarily through experimental campaigns at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. His particular research interest is the optimisation and application of laser wakefield driven particle and photon beams, notably for high resolution biomedical and clinical imaging.


The UK's central laser facility

John Collier, STFC, UK

Prof John Collier is the Director of the UK’s Central Laser Facility (CLF), based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell, Oxfordshire and part of the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Prof Collier has played a leading role in building the CLF into one of the world’s leading research centres for multi-disciplinary science and innovation using lasers, and establishing the CLF at the heart of major international programmes. CLF’s activities span the scientific spectrum, working with the majority of UK universities, all five UK scientific Research Councils, industry, charities, other agencies of the state such as the MoD, the NHS, the Home Office and a wide range of international partners. He has published over 90 peer reviewed articles and sits on numerous international advisory and review bodies in Europe and the USA. He is the also the Equality Champion for STFC and chairs the Diversity Forum. He is a Director of one of CLF’s spinouts Scitech Precision Ltd. and was recently elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.



The role of turbulence in tokamak edge transport

Istvan Cziegler, University of York, UK

Istvan Cziegler is a lecturer in the York Plasma Institute at the University of York. His main research interests include self-organization, transport, and spectral transfer phenomena in plasma turbulence, core and edge coupling in fusion grade plasmas of tokamak and spherical torus devices, alternative regimes of high confinement operation, with a particular interest in optical plasma diagnostics.



Accessing high confinement conditions in hydrogen and mixed species plasmas in JET

Jon Hillesheim, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK


The role of plasma-surface interactions in low-temperature plasmas

Andrew Gibson, University of York, UK

Dr. Andrew Gibson is a postdoctoral research associate jointly affiliated to the York Plasma Institute at the University of York and the Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas at Ecole Polytechnique, France. His current research focusses on the simulation of low temperature plasmas, primarily those produced in molecular gases, at both low and high pressure with a view to optimizing their use in various applications. Particular interests include gas- and surface-phase plasma chemistry.



Laser-driven Charged Particle Beam Structures Induced by Diffraction

Martin King, University of Strathclyde, UK

'Martin King is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde and part of the group investigating high-intensity laser-matter interactions. His current interest is on near-critical density plasma and the effects of relativistic induced transparency with a view to develop compact and unique particle and radiation sources. He also obtained his PhD at the University of Strathclyde studying the formation and evolution of plasma instabilities during the transit of electron beams in magnetised plasma.'



Solar flares and energetic particles

Eduard Kontar, University of Glasgow, UK



Analysis of low temperature atmospheric plasma polymerisation processes for innovative coating applications

Kirsty McKay, University of Liverpool, UK

Dr McKay is a lecturer in the department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Liverpool. Her research concerns the study, design and application of low temperature atmospheric and low pressure plasmas for surface modification, surface coatings and surface analysis.



Physics and technology innovations for compact tokamak fusion pilot plants

Jonathan Menard, Princeton University, USA

Dr. Menard is the Research Director for the National Spherical Torus eXperiment – Upgrade (NSTX-U) and is responsible for guiding the scientific research program of NSTX-U working with the NSTX-U national research team. His research interests include the equilibrium and stability properties of spherical torus (ST) and tokamak plasmas, advanced operating scenarios in the ST, and the development of next-step options for fusion energy.



Some remarks on collisionless current sheet equilibria

Thomas Neukirch, St Andrews University, UK

I am Professor of Applied Mathematics and a member of the Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Research Group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews. My main research interest is the theory of space and astrophysical plasmas. I am currently working on projects related to MHD and Vlasov equilibria, magnetic reconnection and particle acceleration in solar flares.



The physics currently limiting the thermonuclear fusion yield on the National Ignition Facility

Robbie Scott, RAL Central Laser Facility, UK

Dr. Robbie Scott is a computation plasma physicist within the Plasma Physics Group of the Central Laser Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He completed his PhD in laser-plasma interactions within the plasma physics group of Imperial College London_, where he remains a visiting scientist. After his PhD he spent a year at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory performing radiation-hydrodynamics simulations for the National Ignition Facility National Ignition Campaign. Now based at the Central Laser Facility, he provides simulation support for a wide range of laser-plasma user experiments. His main research interests include the hydrodynamics of inertial confinement fusion, the coupling between hydrodynamic and kinetic mechanisms, shock ignition and ultra-intense laser-plasma interactions.

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Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: EXTENSION
    25 January 2017
  • Poster submission deadline: 
    24 February 2017
  • Early registration deadline:
    17 February 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    24 March 2017