Nigel Woolsey
Professor

Profile

Career

BSc (Bristol), PhD (Oxford)

Summary of expertise

  • Laser-plasma physics
  • Inertial confinement fusion
  • Laboratory astrophysics and high energy density physics
  • Ultra-intense laser-plasma interaction

Departmental roles

  • Chair Board of Studies

Research

Overview

Research Group: York Plasma Institute

Research interests:

  • How lasers interact with materials from 1e13 to 1e22 W/cm2 and above
  • Plasma physics occurring in inertial confinement fusion experiments including indirect drive, fast ignition and shock ignition
  • Creation of laboratory analogues and scaled experiments of astrophysical plasmas
  • The transport of relativistic particles in high energy plasmas

Research group(s)

  • Leo Doehl, PhD student. Work on the physics of ultra-intense laser-solid interactions.
  • Phil Durey, PhD student. Working on ICF and x-ray spectroscopy measurement of hot spot mix
  • Ellie Tubman, PhD student. Working on magnetised high energy density plasmas
  • Dr Reem Alraddadi, graduated July 2016. Thesis: Modelling fast electron transport in solids and with application to Rayleigh-Taylor instability studies
  • Dr. Rob Crowston, graduated July 2016. Thesis: The generation of upstream-propagating waves in astrophysically-relevant laboratory plasmas

Grants

  • EPSRC: Physics of Ignition. This is in collaboration with Oxford
  • LLNL: Academic Partnership in ICF

Available PhD research projects

Please contact me directly. Projects are available from time to time in ICF, laboratory astrophysics and ultra-intense laser-solid interactions.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Stage 4: Advanced Plasma Physics: Astrophysical Plasmas
  • BSc Projects: current topics in laser-plasma physics and laboratory astrophysics
  • MPhys Projects: current topics in laser-plasma physics and laboratory astrophysics

Postgraduate

  • MSc Projects: current topics in laser-plasma physics and laboratory astrophysics

Nigel Woolsey

Department of Physics
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD
U.K.

nigel.woolsey@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322205
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Room: GN/109, YPI