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Professor Borghesi’s research interests lie in the area of intense laser-plasma interactions, with particular expertise in laser-driven acceleration of ion beams. He is involved in the development of innovative acceleration schemes as well as the application of laser-driven proton beams to plasma radiography (e.g. for laboratory astrophysics studies) and in the biomedical field.

Most of his research is carried out at large national facilities (e.g. Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) and is funded by large projects supported by EPSRC.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Advanced schemes for ion- acceleration using lasers
  • Particle radiography of ultrafast plasma phenomena
  • Generation and propagation of collisionless shocks in tenuous plasmas
  • Radiobiology and dosimetry of laser-accelerated ions
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Research students

PhD title: Fast electron transport and heating in high-intensity laser matter interactions 

Name: Rory Garland
Years of Study: 2014 - 2018
Country: UK


PhD title: Plasma dynamics in presence of magnetic fields

Name: Brendan Coleman
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland



PhD title: Dosimetry of Laser-Accelerated Protons  

Name: Kathryn Polin
Years of Study: 2016 - 2020
Country: Northern Ireland


Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Lorenzo Romagnani 

PhD title: Laser-plasma Investigations Employing Laser-Driven proton Probes 

Years of Study: 2001 - 2005
Country: Italy
Current position: Senior Researcher at Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses, CNRS- Ecole Polytechnique (France)




Dr Satyabrata Kar 

PhD title: Applications of MeV Laser-driven Protons 

Years of Study: 2002 - 2005
Country: India (Now UK)
Current position: Lecturer in Physics, Queen’s Unversity Belfast (EPSRC Fellow from 2012 to 2017)



 Dr Carlo Alberto  Cecchetti 

PhD Title: Laser-Accelerated High-Energy Protons and Their Application to the Detection of Transient Magnetic Fields 

Years of Study: 2005 - 2008
Country: Italy
Current position: System Engineer at Frigel Firenze SPA




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