Phil Durey

University Of York

I am studying for a PhD at the University of York under the supervision of Dr Nigel Woolsey. My area of research is diagnosing mix in National Ignition Facility (NIF) fuel capsules. NIF is the most energetic laser in the world and is used to drive ICF experiments, with the goal of achieving ignition. The mixing of ablator layers into the DT fuel during implosion is considered to be one of the main obstacles currently preventing ignition. My work will involve using computer simulations to develop ways of diagnosing mix from emission spectra. I am primarily based at York, but will also be spending significant time at NIF in Livermore, California.