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Chris Murphy
Senior Lecturer in Laser-Plasma Physics



MSci (Glasgow) PhD (Imperial)

  • 2014- : Lecturer in Laser-Plasma Physics at the University of York
  • 2012 - 2014:  SUPA Advanced Research Fellow in Nuclear Physics at the University of Edinburgh
  • 2009 - 2012:  Postdoctoral Research Assistant in High Energy Density Physics at the University of Oxford
  • 2007 - 2009:  Postdoctoral Reseacher / Senior Research Associate in High Energy Density Physics at the Ohio State University
  • PhD in Plasma Physics at Imperial College (2007)
  • MSci in Chemical Physics at the University of Glasgow (2002)

Roles in the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology

  • Foundation Year Tutor



Summary of Expertise:

  • High intensity laser-plasma interactions
  • Diagnosis of laser-produced plasmas
  • XFEL probing of laser driven plasma
  • Laser-plasma driven nuclear physics

Research group(s)

Research Group: York Plasma Institute

Available PhD research projects

Please contact me directly for more information. PhD positions are available intermittently in topics including laser-plasma interactions, Wakefield acceleration and nuclear-plasma physics.


  • Claudia Cobo Torres (PhD Student) - Understanding laser plasma interactions through wakefield acceleration experiments
  • Matthew Selwood (PhD Student) - High quality imaging using laser-based X-ray sources
  • Chris Underwood (PhD Student) - Wakefield acceleration of electrons for source generation and radiography.
  • Ben Wallis (PhD Student joint with D Jenkins in nuclear physics): Studying the impact of plasma physics in nuclear processes.
  • Chris Baird (PhD Student): Studying QED effects in laser-plasma interactions by experimentally studying laser interactions with Wakefield accelerated electrons.

Dr Chris Murphy

School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 324617
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Room: GN/122



Maths 1: Calculus of more than one variable


MSc Fusion: Inertial Confinement Fusion (Part 1)

Other teaching

BSc and MPhys Projects: Topics include simulation of laser-plasma acceleration of both ions and electrons.