David West

University Of York

Prior to entering the CDT program, I obtained a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Leeds, and a MSc in Fusion Energy from the University of York. My project, supervised by Dr. John Pasley, focuses on Extreme Laser-Driven Hydrodynamics and Particle Production. High intensity, short-pulse lasers can create extreme conditions, such as temperatures in excess of 10 million Kelvin or gigabar pressure shock waves. The project will involve the design, performance, and analysis, of experiments which will investigate the hydrodynamic behaviour of materials, and the production of particles, due to the interaction between solid materials and extremely intense laser radiation.