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Dr Laura Corner BSc, ARCS, PhD

Lecturer Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Eng

Research

Research Overview

PhD position available - I have funding for a PhD project in laser plasma wakefield accelerator. Please contact me for more details or follow the link: PhD project in novel laser plasma wakefield acceleration (LWFA)

Laser development for Accelerator Science

Photonic crystal fibre laser amplifier glowing at high power
Photonic crystal fibre laser amplifier glowing at high power

I am currently involved in developing new laser sources for a number of applications in accelerator science. These include:

i) The coherent combination of multiple photonic crystal fibre lasers to create high average and peak power lasers to drive laser plasma wakefield acceleration.
ii) Development of techniques for the generation of low energy, short pulse trains of laser pulses for the resonant enhancement of plasma wakefields.
iii) Development of near and mid-infrared laser sources for seeding and modulation of free electron lasers.

Laser Plasma Wakefield Acceleration

The crowded vacuum chamber of our 2018 experiment in Target Area 2 of the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
The crowded vacuum chamber of our 2018 experiment in Target Area 2 of the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

I work in collaboration with Prof. Simon Hooker's group at the John Adams Institute, University of Oxford, on research in laser driven plasma wakefield acceleration. This research covers both novel techniques for guiding laser pulses in plasmas over long (> 20mm) distances, essential for high energy gain plasma accelerators, and also the generation and use of resonant pulse trains to drive large amplitude plasma wakefields. The benefit of using pulse trains rather than single high energy pulses is to enable the adoption of more efficient, higher repetition rate but lower energy laser systems, such as fibres or thin disc lasers, instead of the current laser technology and thus facilitate the operation of laser plasma accelerators at multi-kHz repetition rates.STFC news item on our research on plasma waveguides

Research Grants

Cockcroft Institute Core Grant

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL (STFC)

April 2021 - March 2025