York Plasma Institute News & Events

Team Building 'Away Days'


On Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th December the 1st year CDT cohort travelled to Hathersage in the Hope Valley, for a two day team building activity. It was a fantastic opportunity to improve the group cohesion, bringing together students from the partner universities and the different strands. They were encouraged to do group activities which included - treking, board games, group meals and to complete a collaborative activity linked to their research. All of the students agreed that they had a fantastic time.


We would like to extend our congratulations to Erasmus Du Toit who successfully defended his thesis at viva on Wednesday 15th November. His thesis is entitled 'Kinetic Study of Microwave Start-up in Tokamak Plasmas'. His supervisor is Prof. Roddy Vann.

Published Paper

We are pleased to announce that Scott Doyle ( 3rd Year, LTP Phd) has had a paper published in Plasma Sources Science and Technology, Volume 26. The paper is titled Ehanced control of the ionization rate in radio-frequency plasmas with structured electrodes via tailored voltage waveforms. If you woul dlike to read the paper, please click here.


We would like to congratulate David Blackman on successfully defending his thesis on Friday 20th October. David is leaving YPI to work for CELIA at the University of Bordeaux, we wish David all the best.


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We are pleased to announce that David Ryan successfully defended his thesis at viva on Thursday 7 September 2017.


The thesis focuses on using simulations of the plasma response to applied RMPs, to further develop current working theories of ELM mitigation and suppression. Simulation results are combined with experimental data to optimise the RMP configuration, this optimisation is tested rigorously on ASDEX Upgrade, and extended to the ITER RMP set.

'We live an interesting age. Prosperity, security and progress are not fate, but we may hope that by our best efforts and new technologies we may accomplish and safeguard them.'

David will continue his research at Culham as a Post-Doctoral Researcher, he will be researching Plasma response and ELM modelling.

Post-graduate Opportunities

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


Binding Blocks Presentation

Take a look the presentation given by Hannah Willett (York CDT), using the Binding Blocks outreach project to explain fusion energy.




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Congratulations to Sandra Schröter who successfully defended her thesis at viva on the 15th August 2017. The thesis, entitled "Reactive oxygen & hydrogen species generation in RF atmospheric pressure plasmas", deals with the quantification of reactive species produced in atmospheric pressure plasmas from water vapour, using optical diagnostics and simulations. These species are known to play an important role in plasma interaction with biological material such as bacteria or cells. Her supervisor is Dr Deborah O'Connell. Sandra is continuing her work at the York plasma Institute as a post-doctoral researcher.

IoP - Computational Plasma Physics Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Physics Department will be hosting, with the support of EPSRC and AWE, an IoP Computational Plasma Physics Conference. The conference will take place from the 20 - 22 November 2017 and will be based at Kings Manor in the city centre. It is intended for graduate students and researchers, including new PhD starters, relevant mainly for laboratory plasma physics applications. Talks and posters will cover a wide range of numerical tools, techniques, as well as current physics research. 

This is an opportunity for us to highlight the work we do at York, and for PhD students to find out more about the wider community, and receive some training in using advanced numerical tools.

To register, please click here.


Invited Talks

In June, Sandra Schröter gave invited talks at this year’s “International workshop on Microplasmas” (9th IWM) and “EPS Conference on Plasma Physics” (44th EPS Conference), taking place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen  (Germany) and Belfast (United Kingdom), respectively. At those conferences, Sandra presented her work on the quantification of reactive species in atmospheric pressure plasmas for biomedical applications.

Click here to read Sandra's abstract for the 44th EPS Conference talk

Plasma seminars

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

Next Seminar : Wednesday 10 January 2018, 9:15 am

Venue : Debye Lecture Theatre

Guest Speaker : Prof. Hartmut Zohm

Seminar Title : Recent ASDEX Upgrade Results in Support of ITER and DEMO

Host: Howard Wilson

Abstract : Abstract (PDF  , 93kb)


Next Seminar : Thursday 11 January 2018, 13:30 pm

Venue : Debye Lecture Theatre

Guest Speaker : Prof. Robin Grimes

Seminar Title : The Future of Nuclear Fuels and Materials through Atomic Scale Modelling

Host : Howard Wilson

Abstract : Abstract (PDF  , 185kb)

Fellowship Awarded to YPI PostDoc

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 We are pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Gibson has been awarded an interdisciplinary University of York Centre for Future Health fellowship! This fellowship is for two years and is intended to provide Andrew with a platform of independence from which he can apply for externally funded fellowships. Andrew’s topic is: "Accelerating low temperature plasmas towards clinical prostate cancer therapy through computer aided design”, mentored by Deborah O’Connell. Congratulations to Andrew - we look forward to watching him build towards the next stage of his career with us.

Graduation Celebrations!








A reception was hosted by the Physics department on Thursday 13th July 2017, to celebrate the graduation of the 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 three of our YPI PhD students, Arka Bokshi, Chris Bowman and Amelia Lunniss. Professor Sarah Thompson congratulated the graduates on behalf of the Physics Department and wished them well for the future.  

4th Year CDT Student presents at ICF meeting

In June,Jonathan Brodrick a 4th Year CDT Student was given the opportunity to present at the 47th Annual Anomalous Absorption Conference in Oregon, USA. Jonathan received support from the IOP Plasma Physics group and the Research Student Conference Fund to enable him to participate. Please click here to read Jonathan's report on the conference and his experience.

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

On Thursday 22 June 17, the Physics department hosted a 'Nuclear Masterclass' workshop day for 130 year 12 students. 

For further detail about the event: click here.

Nuclear Fusion Highlight of 2016

We would like to congratulate David Thomas whose Nuclear Fusion paper on DBS using Synthetic Aperture Microwave Imaging, has been selected as one of the NF Highlights of 2016. We would also like to extend congratulations to Roddy Vann (York) and co-authors Kai Brunner, Simon Freethy & Billy Huang, all past CDT students.

Recent Press Release

Take a look at a recent press release from the American Institute of Physics on our Plasma Propulsion Research.

Fusion Frontiers Workshop 2017

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This year’s Fusion Frontiers and Interfaces workshop took place at the York Plasma Institute from 8th to 10th May 2017. This is an annual postgraduate workshop exploring the frontiers of fusion research and the interfaces with related disciplines through presentations and discussion. For more information about the event, please click here.


Joint Nuclear Energy CDT Event

Joint Nuclear event 2017

On Wednesday 24th May 2017the University of York hosted on behalf of the three nuclear energy EPSRC doctoral training centres a high profile event which combined industry, education, and research. The event was organised to foster discussions, research ideas, and links around the topic of compact nuclear. Please click here for further information about the event.

24th ITPA meeting on SOL/ Divertor  Physics

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On the 30th May, Alasdair Wynn (4th year CDT student) was invited to speak at the 24th ITPA meeting on SOL/Divertor Physics.To read the abstract for his presentation, please click here.

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