N.C. Woolsey A.D. Ash C. Courtois R.O. Dendy C.D. Gregory I.M. Hall J. Howe
Laboratory experiment is an attractive method of exploring the plasma physics that may occur in solar and astrophysical shocks. An experiment enables repeated and detailed measurements of a plasma as the input conditions are adjusted. To form a scaled experiment of an astrophysical shock a plasma physics model of the shock is required, and the impo…Published
C. Courtois R.A.D. Grundy A.D. Ash D.M. Chambers N.C. Woolsey R.O. Dendy K.G. McClements
Results from an experimental study of the collisionless interaction of two laser-produced plasmas in a magnetic field with applications to supernova remnant shock physics are presented. The dynamics of the two plasmas and their interaction are studied with and without magnetic field through spatially and temporally resolved measurements of the elec…Published
N.C. Woolsey A.D. Ash D.M. Chambers C. Courtois R.O. Dendy R.A.D. Grundy K.G. McClements
Laboratory astro-plasma physics experiments are being designed to advance both our astrophysics and plasma physics knowledge. With current laser technology, target design and diagnostics, it is now possible to reproduce and measure the conditions of temperature and pressure usually met in extreme stellar environments. Coupled with scaled plasma phy…Published
N. C. Woolsey Y. Abou Ali R. G. Evans R. A. D. Grundy S. J. Pestehe et al.
The VULCAN [C. N. Danson et al. , Opt. Commun. 103 , 392 (1993)] laser at the UK Central Laser Facility is being used for laboratory-based simulations of collisionless shocks. By ensuring that key dimensionless parameters in the experiments have values similar to those of supernova remnants (SNRs), the hydrodynamics and magnetic field of the experi…Published