Invited speakers




Matthew Carr,  Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, UK
Synthetic divertor diagnostics for integrated data analysis with ray-tracing

Matthew Carr is a spectroscopy fusion physicist at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Matthew did his PhD at the University of Sydney on a novel Langmuir probe measurement technique for the Polywell fusion device. For two years he was the lead project scientist developing the JNG-2 neutron generator at Jiddtek, Australia. At CCFE, his main research interests include: active beam spectroscopy; integrated diagnostic techniques; physically based ray-tracing; Bayesian fitting techniques; advanced divertor concepts; and optical plasma diagnostics.


David Dickinson, University of York, York, UK
Microinstabilities near the edge of tokamak plasmas


Jonathan Eastwood,  Imperial College London, London, UK
Global simulations of the solar wind magnetosphere interaction


Mohammad Hasan,  University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Generation and transport of reactive species in surface barrier discharge


Bernhard Hidding, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Plasma-driven space radiation replication and radiation hardness assurance?


Mark Koepke,  West Virginia University, West Virginia, United States
New Frontier Science Campaign (FSE) on DIII-D

Prof Koepke works in the areas of basic plasma physics, space-related lab experiments, periodic nonlinear phenomena, and plasma diagnostic techniques. Previous positions at NASA-Goddard, LLNL, and U. Washington preceded his launching of the plasma physics program at WVU in 1987. He held visiting appointments at U. Kiel, U. Greifswald, and U. Innsbruck, held Affiliated Professor status at KTH-Stockholm (2007-2010), and has Visiting Professor status at U. Strathclyde, UK (2012-2020). He represented the U.S. on IUPAP from 2005-2011 and from 2010-2011 he served as Acting Director of the DOE’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences Research Division. He is a Fellow of the APS and IOP and is U.S. Deputy Editor of the journal PPCF. 


Kate Lancaster, University of York, York, UK
Guiding laser-produced fast electrons using large magnetic fields


Jena Meinecke, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Investigating the origins of magnetic fields using the National Ignition Facility

Dr. Jena Meinecke is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church College at the University of Oxford.  She is currently conducting large laser experiments at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, to answer the fundamental question: "What is the origin of magnetic fields in the universe?"  High-energy lasers can be used to recreate astrophysical conditions in the laboratory such as supernovas that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. In particular, Meinecke is generating high Prandtl number plasma environments commonly found in galaxies and galaxy clusters where turbulent dynamo reigns and large magnetic fields can replicate both macro and micro physics.


Clare Scullion, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Culham Thesis Prize winner)
Investigations of ion acceleration from solid targets driven by ultrashort laser pulses

Dr Clare Scullion recently graduated with a PhD from the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast. Her thesis (“Investigations of ion acceleration from solid targets driven by ultrashort laser pulses”) research was carried out in the framework of a large programme, A-SAIL, and includes experimental work carried out at TARANIS (QUB, UK), GEMINI and VULCAN (RAL, UK), PULSER (GIST, Korea), J-KAREN (JAERI, Japan) and LNS INFN (Italy). She has been recognised with 4 poster prizes and several travel studentships. She was awarded Queen’s University Belfast Student of the Year 2014 and is a strong advocate for increasing participation in STEM subjects, especially women in science.


Miles Turner, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Nitrogen fixation as a plasma application


Mark Yeung, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tailoring intense laser fields for the generation of bright XUV pulses from plasmas

Dr Mark Yeung is a lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast and part of the Centre for Plasma Physics research cluster.  Previously, he worked for 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Helmholtz Institute in Jena, Germany, where, using experiments on high power lasers as well as numerical simulations, he investigated methods of controlling intense, femtosecond-scale, laser-plasma interactions by modifying the structure of the incident laser's waveform.  His current primary research interests are the generation of secondary radiation sources from these interactions, particularly the generation of coherent extreme-ultraviolet beams. 


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    26 January 2018
  • Early registration deadline:
    28 February 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    26 March 2018

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