Joe Owen

University Of York

I completed my undergraduate degree at Keele University, studying Physics with Mathematics. Upon completion I enrolled on the MSc in Fusion Energy at York, which I thoroughly enjoyed! It gave me the opportunity to work at the Central Laser Facility over the summer looking at fast electron transport simulations.

Currently I am studying for a PhD as part of the CDT looking at target design in inertial confinement fusion. This type of approach involves the compression of a spherical fuel assembly (usually a Deuterium/Tritium mix) to high densities via laser irradiation.  Compression is due to ablation of the laser heated material in the outer shell.  Capsule implosion dynamics and hotspot generation can be tailored and optimized via changes to the initial target composition, addition of new material layers and other methods such as modification of the power profile of the laser.