York Plasma Institute News & Events

Post-graduate Opportunities

If you are thinking of a PhD or MSc degree, have you thought about fusion energy research?

Graduation Celebrations!

A reception was hosted by the Physics department on Friday 20 January 2017 to celebrate the graduation of 34 undergraduate and postgraduate Physics students. The event was attended by graduates, their family and friends as well as staff. Students graduating on the day included those who had taken the MSc Fusion energy course in 2015-16 as well as six of our YPI PhD students. Professor Kieran Gibson congratulated the graduates on behalf of the Physics Department and wished them well for the future.  

The cake from the reception held for graduates in Physics on 20 Jan 2017.

Prize winning poster for Scott

Scott Doyle, a second year PhD student based at YPI, was recently awarded the 2016 Stott poster prize at the University of York Physics Postgraduate Poster Conference. Scott's poster was entitled "The effect of tailored voltage waveforms on neutral gas heating in a radio-frequency driven electrothermal microthruster" and it is now on display in the Physics department. Scott was commended for his excellent communication skills, enthusiasm and the quality of his poster. 


European Students' Divertor Research Workshop

From 26th to 28th September 2016, Oxford Materials hosted the first European Student Divertor Research Workshop.  19 attendees from 10 institutes across Europe discussed topics relevant to the divertor region of fusion reactors. The agenda covered the full range from state-of-the-art plasma physics to manufacturing and testing components and new engineering concepts. Students from the Fusion CDT were involved in organising the event, as well as presenting posters and speaking about their research. One of the key outcomes was the bringing together of young researchers who will one day be working together to make fusion a viable energy source. 

Grant awarded in tokamak power exhaust

Scientists in the Department of Physics’ York Plasma Institute (YPI) have received a £1M grant from EPSRC to study power exhaust in hot magnetic fusion plasmas (10s of millions C).


Student Poster Prize Winners

Two York Plasma Institute students, Arkaprava Bokshi and Hannah Willett, won poster prizes at the EPS Plasma Physics Conference in Belgium in July 2016. Hannah also won a poster prize at the IOP Plasma Physics Conference in May 2016.

Well done to Arka and Hannah!

Two Fusion CDT students who won poster prizes at the 2016 EPS Plasma Physics Conference: Arka Bokshi & Hannah Willett

Plasma seminars

YPI hosts regular seminars from international experts in all areas of plasma physics

Next seminar: Monday 5th June 2017

Venue : Debye Lecture Theatre

Guest Speaker : Dr Michael Brookman, General Atomics/ University of Texas at Austin, US

Seminar Title : Experimental Edge Fluctuation Broadening of ECRF on the DIII-D Tokamak

Abstract : External Seminars (PDF  , 374kb)



Congratulations to Ellie Tubman who successfully defended her thesis at viva in December 2016.

Novel targets for new laser plasma experiments

A collaboration (led by Dr Kate Lancaster) between York Plasma Institute, Scitech Precision Ltd, and STFC has resulted in the production of a set of novel targets for new laser plasma experiments. 

Research at the Australian National University 

Hannah Willett, a fourth year Fusion CDT student based at the University of York, recently spent six weeks at the Australian National University (ANU). This was Hannah’s second visit to ANU to work with Dr Cormac Corr and Jesse Santaso. Hannah worked on the RF linear plasma device MAGPIE (MAGnetised Plasma Interaction Experiment) looking for evidence of plasma detachment.

Hannah Willett at the Australian National University


Fusion CDT Student: research visit to China

Joe Allcock, a second year Fusion CDT student based at Durham University, wrote this report about his recent trip to China. 

Joe Allcock's visit to Chengdu, China in summer 2016.

Malaysian Collaboration

Dr John Pasley from the York Plasma Institute is currently collaborating with the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) in an initiative funded by a Malaysian industry partnership. 

York Plasma Institute extension complete‌‌

Photo of the YPI building after the extension was completed in Dec 2015. Photo taken by Paul Shields.

Construction is now complete on the extension to the Genesis 1 and 2 building on York Science Park. This has created a new lecture theatre and additional office space for staff and students at the York Plasma Institute.