I am a Fusion-CDT student studying at the University of York for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Nigel Woolsey. My research involves looking into magnetic reconnection where two counterstreaming plasmas meet and field lines are broken and reconnected. Magnetic reconnection is known to occur in our universe, naturally, such as being one of the mechanisms responsible for the aurorae. High-power lasers can be used in a laboratory environment to investigate the physics of reconnection, which is where my research will be concentrated. This is an exciting area of research, where there are still many unanswered questions.
My project has relevance to non-local thermal transport and reconnection in long length scale plasma which may occur in hohlraums (high Z materials) and direct drive shock ignition (low Z materials), extending to the transport of relativistic electrons through dense materials and the use of spectroscopy to diagnose these high energy density plasmas.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8059-9871