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Professor Riley's main interests are in warm dense matter, laser plasmas and low temperature atmospheric plasmas. He has, in the past, developed experiments on X-ray scattering from warm dense matter and is currently working on experiments to explore continuum lowering and XUV absorption in warm dense matter.

Recently, he has started to work on photo-ionized plasmas as laboratory analogues to astrophysical systems. He has published over 120 papers and has had success in attracting funding from UK Research Councils.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Fast electron propagation in laser-plasmas
  • Atmospheric plasma jets
  • Laboratory astrophysics
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Research students

PhD title:  X-ray and XUV probing of Warm Dense Matter

Name: Cormac Hyland
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: UK

PhD title: K-edge shifts in shock compressed matter

Name: David Bailie
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: UK


PhD title: Studies of Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas

Name: Rachel Irwin
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Elena Nedanovska

PhD title: Thomson Scattering from Technological Plasmas

Years of Study: 2008 - 2012
Country: Macedonia
Current position: Winner of EPS thesis prize. Now design engineer at ASML, Veldoven, Netherlands 

Dr Mikako Makita

PhD title:  X-ray spectroscopic studies of intense laser interaction with matter

Years of Study: 2008 - 2012
Country: Japan
Current position: Researcher at XFEL, Hamburg

 Dr Shabbir Naz

PhD title:  Simulations of X-ray Thomson  scattering from warm dense matter

Years of Study: 2004 - 2008
Country: Pakistan
Current position: Associate Professor, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science

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