Ashley Poole

University Of York

I am a PhD student based at the York Plasma Institute, University of York. I study temperature diagnosis of dynamically compressed systems as part of Dr. Andrew Higginbotham’s research group.

Dynamically compressed systems can be created by driving an ablator-coated material with a high power laser, such as the Vulcan laser at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, or the National Ignition Facility in the US. These high pressure systems occur naturally in the cores of massive planets and also in inertial confinement fusion experiments. Currently there is no reliable way to measure the temperature of these systems, a problem that has burdened the community for some time. We plan to devise a method of measuring their temperature by the novel application of well understood x-ray diffraction techniques.