If you are thinking of a PhD or MSc degree, have you thought about fusion energy research?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
YPI hosts regular seminars from international experts in all areas of plasma physics
Next seminar: Friday 24 March 2017, 13.00
Venue : Debye Lecture Theatre
Guest Speaker : Dr David Pfau, Google DeepMind
Seminar Title : Deep Learning and its Applications to Generative Models
Congratulations to Ellie Tubman who successfully defended her thesis at viva in December 2016.
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.
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.
Joe Allcock, a second year Fusion CDT student based at Durham University, wrote this report about his recent trip to China.
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.
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.