Laser fusion and extreme field physics
We work on Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), which involves focusing hundreds of laser beams onto a centimeter sized target. The target, made of deuterium and tritium implodes and undergoes fusion - the same process that power the stars. This process generates vast amounts of energy, and harnessing it would provide a limitless, clean source for energy for humanity's future. Image courtesy AWE.
Plasma accelerators provide electric fields ten thousand times more intense than conventional accelerators. Particles can 'surf' off of these fields and be accelerated to energies in a centimeter sized plasma accelerator that would otherwise require hundreds of meters in a conventional device.