Orlando Ciricosta

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Orlando Ciricosta

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

My research is focused on the creation of well characterized sample of hot dense matter, using the world's first hard X-ray laser ( LCLS), and on the understanding of the atomic and plasma processes occurring in these systems (X-ray heating, continuum lowering).
I am currently a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US, as part of a collaboration aimed to the understanding of some of the physical issues (hot-spot mix) hindering the achievement of the ignition of fusion targets at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

I joined the Department for my DPhil in October 2010, after finishing my BSc and MSc in Italy, at University of Pisa. My previous work is related to laser development and laser-plasma experiments in the context of the HiPER project. My DPhil work was focused on the isochoric heating of solids to the hot-dense regime by using X-ray lasers. I hold a postdoc position at the Department since 2014, involving a collaboration with LLNL on the diagnose of fusion targets at NIF.