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Culham Thesis Prize: Plasma Physics Group

This annual prize is for excellence in the scientific method recognised by the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in plasma science from a UK or Irish university in the last two years. 


The prize is £500 plus the costs of participating in the annual IOP Plasma Physics Conference where the winner is asked to give a talk.

The thesis should:

  • be well explained
  • demonstrate a good understanding of the subject
  • show significant new work and originality, clearly driven by the nominee
  • have been submitted two years before the nomination deadline
  • be authored by a member of the Institute of Physics

Previously unsuccessful theses can be re-submitted. Please make this clear in the nomination.

Proposers are encouraged to nominate the highest quality work. There is one nomination per proposer. There are no runner-up places for this prize.

The nomination process is currently closed. Nominations will open again towards the end of 2021.

Nominations will be accepted by email (preferred) or by post. If submitting in hard copy, please ensure that all material is sent in triplicate and by registered post. Nominations should be sent to:

Andrew Thornton
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
Culham Science Centre
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 3DB
[email protected]

Further information about the prize, including the next nomination deadline, can be obtained from [email protected].

The prize is sponsored by Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and jointly coordinated by CCFE and our group.

Winners

2021

Dr Stefan Mijin

Imperial College London. For his thesis, Modelling of Kinetic Effects in Parallel Transport in the Tokamak Scrape-off Layer.

2020

Dr Ben Chapman

University of Warwick. For his thesis, Ion Cyclotron Emission from Energetic Ion Populations in Fusion Plasmas.

2019

Kevin Verhaegh

University of York. For his thesis, Spectroscopic Investigations of Detachment on the TCV Tokamak.

2018

Clare Scullion

Queen's University Belfast. For her thesis, Investigations of Ion Acceleration from Solid Targets Driven by Ultrashort Laser Pulses.

2017

Dr Jason Cole

Imperial College London. For his thesis, Diagnosis and Applications of Laser-Wakefield Accelerators.

2016

Thomas White

University of Oxford. For his thesis, Resolving Ion Acoustic Waves in Warm Dense Matter.

2015

Dr David A. MacLellan

University of Strathclyde. For his thesis, Effects of Electrical Resistivity on Fast Electron Transport in Relativistic Laser-solid Interactions.

2014

Dr Guy Burdiak

Imperial College London. For his thesis, An investigation of Cylindrical Liner Z-pinches as Drivers for Converging Strong Shock Experiments.

2013

Dr Charlotte Palmer

Imperial College, London, For her thesis, Approaching the Radiation Pressure Regime of Proton Acceleration with High Intensity Lasers.

2012

Dr S M Vinko

University of Oxford. For his thesis, Studying Dense Plasmas Using Intense UV and X-ray Free-Electron Laser Radiation.

2011

Stefan Kneip

Imperial College, London. For his thesis, Laser Plasma Accelerator and Wiggler.

2010

Ian Chapman

Imperial College London. For his thesis, Modelling the Stability of the n=1 Internal Kink Mode in Tokamak Plasmas.

2009

Dr Ben Dudson

University of Oxford. For his thesis, Edge Turbulence in the Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak.

2008

Dr Louise Willingale

Imperial College London. For significant experimental and numerical work on the acceleration of ions to high energies by laser-plasma interaction.

2007

Dr Phil Nilson

Imperial College London. For Measurements of the Dynamics of Laser and Soft X-Ray Heated Targets by XUV and Optical Probing.

2006

Dr Stuart P D Mangles

Imperial College London. For measurements of relativistic electrons from intense laser plasma interactions.

2005

Dr Barney Walton

Imperial College London. For novel experimental investigations of beat-wave acceleration as intense electromagnetic fields interact with material in a plasma state.

2004

Dr Andrea Ciardi

Imperial College London. For laboratory investigation and modelling of hypersonic jets in wire array Z-pinch experiments.

2003

Dr Roderick Kennedy

University of Oxford. For innovative research on the application of probe theory to dust particles immersed in plasma.

2002

Dr Eugene Clark

Imperial College London. For ground-breaking research on proton and ion acceleration in ultra-intense laser plasma interactions.