Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP)

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      The Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP) was formed in November 2006 by a coalescing and focusing of research interests of the former PLIP and AMP groups. The Centre works to advance understanding of ionised matter research with an emphasis on laser and electrically produced plasmas and a focus on femtosecond and high intensity laser, plasma and charged particle interactions with matter at the atomic scale.

      CPP members are pursuing a programme of original and internationally acclaimed work in core areas of research within their discipline. In the last few years several substantial grants have enabled us to enhance this research activity through the installation of the 30TW chirped pulse amplification laser facility TARANIS; three new appointments, funded by an EPSRC Science and Innovation award, creating a new activity in plasma theory and a major expansion of work with non-thermal plasmas. CPP creates a critical mass for plasma physics and short-pulse laser interaction research in the UK. Immediate results of synergy in CPP are high laser and ion generated fields; atomic collisions and non-thermal plasmas; development of PIC codes, TARANIS-generated pulses and Thomson scattering for diagnostics in high and low temperature plasmas. Much of the research is performed by exploiting access to cutting-edge facilities, both national and international.

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      Physics Building
      School of Mathematics and Physics
      Queen's University Belfast
      University Road
      BT7 1NN
      United Kingdom
      • Phone: 028 9097 3123
      • Fax: 028 9097 3110



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      Frequent Journals

      • Physical Review Letters

        ISSNs: 0031-9007

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1079-7114

        American Physical Society

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 6.33 SJR 3.56 SNIP 2.133


      • Physics of Plasmas

        ISSNs: 1070-664X

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1089-7674

        American Institute of Physics

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.08 SJR 0.702 SNIP 0.685


      • Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)

        ISSNs: 1050-2947, 2469-9926

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1094-1622

        American Physical Society

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.25 SJR 1.281 SNIP 0.852


      • Journal of Physics B: Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics

        ISSNs: 0953-4075

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1361-6455

        IOP Publishing Ltd.

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.22 SJR 0.616 SNIP 0.541


      • Physical Review E

        ISSNs: 1539-3755, 1063-651X, 2470-0045

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1550-2376, 1095-3787

        American Physical Society

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.95 SJR 0.993 SNIP 0.896


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