Plasma Physics staff
13 Jan 2010



Plasma Physics Group staff




Alex Robinson
Theoretical Plasma Physicist, Group Leader

Research Interests: Proton Acceleration, Fast Electron Transport, Fast Ignition.

Background: PhD. at Imperial College London (supervised by Prof Tony Bell).

Distinctions: Awarded the 2006 IoP Computational Physics Thesis Prize.

Joined: October 2005

Email: Alex Robinson
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778 368


Professor Peter Norreys

Research Interests: Fast Ignition, Laser-driven particle acceleration, Fast Electron Transport, X- ray sources.

Background: PhD. Royal Holloway College.

Distinctions: Professor of Inertial Fusion Science at Oxford University and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. 
Received the 'Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research' from the American Physical Society in 2006 for work in the field of Fast Ignition ICF. He is an Individual Merit Fellow of STFC, and a Divisional Associate Editor of 'Physical Review Letters'.

Peter was a founding member of the PPG in 1997, and led the group from 2001-2015. He joined CLF in 1990.

Email: Peter Norreys
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 445 300


Raoul Trines  
Raoul Trines
Theoretical Plasma Physicist

Research Interests: Electron Acceleration, Wave- Kinetic Theory, Intense Laser-Plasma Interactions, Raman and Brillouin scattering and amplification.

Background: PhD. University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands.  Post-doctoral post with Prof Bingham in SSTD.

Distinctions: ICTP Summer College in Plasma Physics “Best Presentation Prize” 2007.

Joined: October 2005

Email: Raoul Trines
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778 367


Robbie Scott  
Robbie Scott
Theoretical Plasma Physicist

Received a PhD in laser plasma physics within the plasma Physics Group at Imperial College London. Supervised by Professors Peter Norreys and Steve Rose and spent one year at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Research Interests: Inertial confinement fusion, fast electron transport induced by ultra intense laser-solid interactions, fast ignition, future neutron sources.

Background: Undergraduate degree: Mechanical Engineering at University of Edinburgh (1997-2001), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory ISIS Spallation Neutron Source (2003-2007): Target Station 2 Target, Reflector and Pre-Moderator Project/Design Engineer.

Joined: October 2007

Email: Robbie Scott
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778 208


Holger Schmitz
Theoretical Plasma Physicist

Research Interests: Fast electron transport, fast ignition,laboratory astrophysics, computational methods, ion acceleration.

Background: Ph.D. from Bochum University, Germany.

Joined: February 2013.

Email: Holger Schmitz


Tony Bell
Visiting Scientist

Research Interests: electron transport, fusion, magnetic field generation, cosmic ray acceleration, numerical modelling, Vlasov-Fokker-Planck, magnetohydrodynamics.

Background: MA & PhD Cambridge, held positions at RAL, Imperial College (Professor). He is now a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Tony first joined the CLF in 1979.

Email: Tony Bell
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 446 916


Teodora Baeva
Visiting Scientist

Research Interests: High brightness X-ray generation; intense laser-plasma interaction physics.

Background: PhD at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany in 2008 (supervised by Prof Alexander Pukhov). Teodora is currently working in the financial services industry, while maintaining her keen interests in physics at the intensity frontier.

Distinctions: Book entitled 'High Harmonic Generation from Relativistic Plasmas: Relativistic Similarity, Sub-Attosecond Pulses and Coherent X-rays' VDM Verlag (2008).

Email: Teodora Baeva
Tel: N/A


Nathan Sircombe  
Nathan Sircombe
Visiting Scientist

Research Interests: High intensity laser-plasma interactions; inertial confinement fusion; new computational methods.

Background: PhD at the University of Warwick 2006 (supervised by Dr Tony Arber). Nathan currently works at AWE plc, Aldermaston in the plasma physics group. He maintains a wide range of interests in high energy density science.

Email: Nathan Sircombe
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 446 344


Contact: Trines, Raoul (STFC,RAL,CLF)