Yuyao Wang

University Of York

I obtained my BSc degree in Physics from the University of Bath in 2017 and graduated from the University of St. Andrews with an MSc Degree in Astrophysics in 2018. 

I then spent the next three years working as an innovative solution engineer in the connected and autonomous mobility industry. To satisfy my growing interest in astrophysics, fusion technology and plasma physics, I decided to pursue a PhD at Fusion CDT.

I have now started my PhD at the University of York under the supervision of Prof. Nigel Woolsey. My research focuses on understanding the fundamental physics behind hydrodynamic instabilities, turbulence and material mix as manifest in the matter at extreme conditions. These physical behaviours are observed and studied at enormously different scales extending from the implosion of a millimetre-sized inertial fusion fuel capsule to the explosion of a massive star.

As part of my PhD project, we are currently collaborating with First Light Fusion Ltd. to design and perform an experiment to replicate supernova shock-cloud interactions in a laboratory scale by using their light gas gun facility. There are opportunities to propose similar ideas that use high energy laser in the UK and elsewhere. My studies aim to contribute to understanding the physics behind high energy density astrophysical and laboratory phenomena as well as developing reliable tools and techniques for measurements relevant to inertial confinement fusion.