Valentin Aslanyan

University Of York

I’m currently working towards my PhD, studying the interaction of Extreme Ultraviolet lasers with plasmas. During the course of my project, I have carried out experiments creating very dense plasmas using these lasers, which have very short wavelengths. I have also created and interpreted computer models and to accurately understand what is going on in my experiments. My work has applications to the Inertial Confinement approach to fusion, which aims to use lasers to compress and subsequently ‘ignite’ a pellet of fuel for fusion. Understanding the dense plasmas which I have worked with and their interaction with laser light is important to this application. My supervisor is Prof Greg Tallents, who has a lot of experience in EUV and soft x-ray lasers and laser produced plasmas.