Imperial College London

Prof Zulfikar Najmudin

Prof. Zulfikar Najmudin is currently a Deputy-Director of the John Adams Institute (JAI) for Accelerator Science, and leads the Imperial College’s effort (12 people) into plasma acceleration techniques.

He has published in Nature (2 papers), Science (1) and PRL (37). A recent highlight is the demonstration of the brightest narrow energy spread proton beams yet produced in a laser driven interaction, through novel laser-gas jet interactions. He currently holds £1.8 M RCUK funding as PI. He sits on access panels for the CLF and LULI (France) facilities and has refereed for numerous funding agencies, both in Europe and the US. He is a member of the program committees for the SPIE and LPAW workshops on next-generation acceleration, and hosted the 2013 LPAW conference in Goa, India.  Six of his PhD students have received best thesis prizes at national (IOP), European (EPS) and international (John Dawson prize) level.