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XUV Probing of Warm Dense Aluminium

Warm Dense Matter (WDM) is a regime of matter that is of great interest to many experimental and theoretical research groups, as it resides in a middle ground between solid-state physics and plasma physics that is still the topic of much debate. It is of importance as a transient stage of inertial confinement fusion, and the centres of large planets (including the Earth) are believed to in a state of WDM.
In this project, the Vulcan high power laser facility is used to create a sample of Warm Dense Matter, and also to measure its opacity to soft x-rays. This is to address disagreement between a number of theoretical models, and would allow for a better understanding of how matter behaves at the atomic scale under extreme densities and temperatures.

Research Interests

My research is primarily focussed on WDM, though I also have experience in laboratory astrophysics at Vulcan and Shenguang II laser facilities (studying dusty plasmas and hard x-ray photoionisation).

Interests

Warm Dense Matter, XFELs, XUV Probing, Gas HHG, High Energy Density Physics, High Power Lasers

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