Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Louisa Pickworth

Research Staff
Physics Division


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DegreeDiscipline/InstitutionYear
Ph.D. Physics
Imperial College London, England
M.Sci. Physics
Imperial College London, England

Personal Background

Louisa Pickworth, PhD, started studying physics at Imperial College London, England in 2004. After receiving a Physics MSci, she joined the Plasma Physics group at Imperial College in 2008 under the supervision of S. Lebedev and S. Bland working experimentally on the MAGPIE Z-pinch. Her thesis work focused on laboratory astrophysics experiments involving strong shocks produced by super-sonic plasma jets. In May 2013 she joined the HED X-ray diagnostic and measurement science group at LLNL as a postdoc.

Research Interests

  • X-ray imaging with Kirkpaterick-Baez optics for ICF
  • Shocks and shock production in HED plasma
  • Laboratory astrophysics experiments with HED plasma

Selected (Recent) Publications

F. Suzuki-Vidal , S.V. Lebedev, M. Krishnan, J. Skidmore, G.F. Swadling, M. Bocchi, A.J. Harvey- Thompson, S. Patankar, G.C. Burdiak, P. de Grouchy, L. Pickworth, S.J.P. Stafford, L. Suttle, M. Bennett, S.N. Bland, J.P. Chittenden, G.N. Hall, E. Khoory, R.A. Smith, A. Ciardi, A. Frank, R.E. Madden, K. Wilson-Elliot, P. Coleman, Interaction of radiatively cooled plasma jets with neutral gases for laboratory astrophysics studies, High Energy Density Physics 9, 1, March 2013

G. F. Swadling, S. V. Lebedev, N. Niasse, J. P. Chittenden, G. N. Hall, F. Suzuki-Vidal,
G. Burdiak, A. J. Harvey-Thompson, S. N. Bland, P. De Grouchy, E. Khoory, L. Pickworth, J. Skidmore, and L. Suttle, Oblique shock structures formed during the ablation phase of aluminium wire array z-pinches, Physics of Plasmas 20, 022705 February 2013

G. C. Burdiak, S. V. Lebedev, G. N. Hall, A. J. Harvey-Thompson, F. Suzuki-Vidal, G. F. Swadling, E. Khoory, L. Pickworth, S. N. Bland, P. de Grouchy, and J. Skidmore, Determination of the imploding wire array Z-pinches using measurements of load voltage, Physics of Plasmas 20, 032705, February 2013

A. J. Harvey-Thompson, S. V. Lebedev, S. Patankar, S. N. Bland, G. Burdiak, J. P. Chittenden, A. Colaitis, P. De Grouchy, H. W. Doyle, G. N. Hall, E. Khoory, M. Hohenberger, L. Pickworth, F. Suzuki-Vidal, R. A. Smith J. Skidmore L. Suttle and G. F. Swadling, Optical Thomson Scattering measurements of Plasma parameters in the Ablation stage of wire array Z-pinches, Physical Review Letters 108, 145002, April 2012

F. Suzuki-Vidal, M. Bocchi, S. V. Lebedev, G. F. Swadling, G. Burdiak, S. N. Bland, P. de Grouchy, G. N. Hall, A. J. Harvey-Thompson, E. Khoory, S. Patankar, L. Pickworth, J. Skidmore, R. Smith, J. P. Chittenden, M. Krishnan, R. E. Madden, K. Wilson-Elliot, A. Ciardi, and A. Frank, Interaction of a Supersonic Plasma Jet with an ambient medium, Physics of Plasmas 19, 022708, Feb. 2012


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