I completed my Bachelors in Physics at Bryn Mawr College in the US and I am now a PhD student based at York in the Fusion CDT program. My supervisor is Dr. Andy Higginbotham.
I will be studying dynamic compression of solids, warm dense matter and plasma using the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser’s High Energy Density instrument and DiPOLE-X, an optical laser system contributed by the UK. These experiments will generate conditions similar to those in planetary cores and inertial confinement fusion implosions and will reveal the behaviour of matter in these extreme pressures and temperatures.
Experimental work will be complemented by large scale molecular dynamics simulations which allow for a microscopic understanding of material undergoing rapid deformation.