David Blackman

University Of York

I completed an MSc project on target pre-plasmas and am now carrying on this research, working with my supervisor, Dr John Pasley, at the Tata Institute for Technology on modelling new experimental data gathered there.

My main focus is on short pulse (femtosecond) high intensity (1018Wcm-2) laser-interactions with matter. I have an ongoing collaboration with G Ravindra Kumar’s group at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai and have co-authored a paper with them that was published in Physics of Plasmas in July 2014. The subject of the paper was on measuring and analysing shocks produced by high intensity lasers on silicate targets, this work has also been extended to other target types and laser-plasma conditions. The aim of this collaboration is in probing shock conditions and basic physics associated with the absorption of an ultra-short laser pulse into a solid medium. I have also performed experiments at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford on the Gemini laser system in conjunction with Rajeev Patathil. This is with the aim of analysing fast electron transport from magnetic field growth on the rear surface of targets.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7852-4216