I am approaching the end of my DPhil in Peter Norreys’ group, having started in October 2017.
Over the past four years I have worked on developing tomographic approaches to diagnosing plasma conditions, in particular deriving methods to improve the performance of standard tomography algorithms where sampling is sparse.
I have taken part in experiments at the Central Laser Facility, investigating the behaviour of laser pulses imbued with orbital angular momentum at the ultrafast Astra-Gemini system and a novel scheme for ion acceleration at the high-energy Vulcan laser system, and also conducted analysis on an experiment investigating laser channelling into plasma at fusion-relevant conditions.
The majority of my work is computational, and I work extensively with both the plasma fluid code FLASH and the particle-in-cell code Smilei in both preliminary studies and post-experiment analysis of data, as well as simpler modelling of simpler systems such as individual diagnostics. This computational work runs the full range of computational resources, from large-scale simulations utilising tens of thousands of cores at the ARCHER2 UK national supercomputer to semi-analytic work done on my own laptop.