Laura Corner

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Laura Corner

Research Fellow

I currently work in the John Adams Institute on fibre laser systems for plasma acceleration and particle beam diagnostics. I studied theoretical physics at Imperial College and after completing my PhD in photorefractive materials there I moved to Oxford to carry out research in many areas of laser science, including novel diode sources for ultrasensitive spectroscopy and attosecond pulse generation before moving to the JAI.

I teach optics, nonlinear optics and lasers to all year groups, plus first year maths and wave theory. I also supervise DPhil and MPhys students for a variety of projects in experimental laser physics. Currently my group is looking for DPhil candidates with interests in laser or accelerator physics for research projects in laser plasma acceleration.

The Lasers for Accelerators (L4A) group at the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a versatile team focused on several areas of cutting edge research in the boundary between accelerators and lasers. In particular, the group is developing an new method for laser plasma acceleration, involving driving the plasma oscillation with trains of low energy laser pulses. This would enable the use of tabletop lasers for plasma acceleration, rather than the use of national scale facilities. In this context, the L4A group is focusing on developing a suitable laser to drive plasma oscillations by a train of laser pulses in order to build a 1 GeV electron accelerator operating at 1 kHz. A DPhil student project is available in this area within the JAI. The student would be working on developing new laser technologies in our laser lab in Oxford, including investigating methods of shaping a pulse train to efficiently excite the plasma oscillation and methods of coherent combination and enhancement of photonic crystal fibre laser pulses to create the pulse trains. In conjunction with this work, the student would also be working on diagnostic methods for measuring the amplitude of plasma oscillation and using this to evaluate the best laser pulse trains for excitation. The project would therefore be primarily experimental in nature, and suit a student with an interest in laser, plasma or accelerator physics. However, there is scope for the student to develop theoretical and simulation work, especially on the plasma and diagnostics side of the project. The student would be based in Oxford, but there are opportunities to present work at international conferences and attend specialist workshops abroad. We welcome enquiries from candidates who may be interested in this project.

https://groups.physics.ox.ac.uk/l4a/

Supervisors: Dr Laura Corner and Dr Roman Walczak

Students interested in laser plasma acceleration should also look at the projects available in Prof. Simon Hooker's group, with whom we collaborate closely: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/research/plasma-accelerators-and-ultrafast...

I develop novel laser systems for many applications, principally currently for particle accelerators. I have been recently working on the laser-wire project for measuring submicron particle beam sizes at the ATF facility at KEK in Japan and developing new fibre laser sources in my lab at Oxford. I am also now moving into research into coherent beam combination to make high power fibre lasers for applications such as laser plasma acceleration. I am always interested in hearing from candidates with interests in laser or accelerator science who wish to pursue DPhil research in this area.

The Lasers for Accelerators (L4A) group at the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a versatile team focused on several areas of cutting edge research in the boundary between accelerators and lasers. In particular, the group is developing an new method for laser plasma acceleration, involving driving the plasma oscillation with trains of low energy laser pulses. This would enable the use of tabletop lasers for plasma acceleration, rather than the use of national scale facilities. In this context, the L4A group is focusing on developing a suitable laser to drive plasma oscillations by a train of laser pulses in order to build a 1 GeV electron accelerator operating at 1 kHz. A DPhil student project is available in this area within the JAI. The student would be working on developing new laser technologies in our laser lab in Oxford, including investigating methods of shaping a pulse train to efficiently excite the plasma oscillation and methods of coherent combination and enhancement of photonic crystal fibre laser pulses to create the pulse trains. In conjunction with this work, the student would also be working on diagnostic methods for measuring the amplitude of plasma oscillation and using this to evaluate the best laser pulse trains for excitation. The project would therefore be primarily experimental in nature, and suit a student with an interest in laser, plasma or accelerator physics. However, there is scope for the student to develop theoretical and simulation work, especially on the plasma and diagnostics side of the project. The student would be based in Oxford, but there are opportunities to present work at international conferences and attend specialist workshops abroad. We welcome enquiries from candidates who may be interested in this project.

https://groups.physics.ox.ac.uk/l4a/
Supervisors: Dr Laura Corner and Dr Roman Walczak

Students interested in laser plasma acceleration should also look at the projects available in Prof. Simon Hooker's group, with whom we collaborate closely: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/research/plasma-accelerators-and-ultrafast...