Here you will find information about research at GoLP and related issues.
Our main area of research is the propagation of fast electron beams in dense plasmas, in particular those generated by high-intensity lasers, as occurs in laser-solid experiments and in the propsed fast ignition scheme for inertial confinement fusion.
Our work has concentrated on the generation of electric and magnetic fields, energy deposition and the excitation of ion instabilities, using both analytical and numerical methods.
Our main contribution to date has been the developement of a Fokker-Planck/Fluid hydrid code, widely used in the modeling of laser-solid experiments and, more recently, energy deposition in fast ignition. Other areas of interest include laser propagation in hollow waveguides and pair production by intense lasers.
Dr. Jonathan Davies is responsible for the research project "Theoretical Studies of Fast Ignition Inertial Confinement Fusion".