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SJ Spencer

Personal webpage

For more up-to-date information, please refer to my personal webpage here: I am no longer updating this page as of January 2022, since I have graduated from my PhD.


I completed my BSc in Mathematics at the University of Warwick in 2017, and my PhD Physics in 2021. My thesis title was: "Laser-plasma interactions relevant to shock-ignition inertial confinement fusion" and I was supervised by Prof. Tony Arber and Dr. Keith Bennett.

Research Interests

My primary research interests involve the use of particle-in-cell (PIC) codes to probe the fundamental physics of plasma instabilities. I am currently working as part of a team to understand laser-plasma interactions (LPI) in the shock-ignition model of inertial confinement fusion. I am responsible for simulating LPI phenomena (specifically Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) and inflationary SRS) which we expect to play a role in our collaboration’s experiments on the Omega laser system.

In the winter semester of 2020, I worked in the Center for Energy Research at the University of California in San Diego, under the supervision of Prof. Farhat Beg. I ran PIC simulations in support of a magnetised LPI experiment on the LULI laser system and worked, in collaboration with the LPI group at UCLA, to uncover the relative importance of fluid and kinetic effects on magnetised SRS.