The St Andrews group works on theoretical plasma physics. Aspects relevant to the ALPHA-X project include wave propagation in plasmas, wave-wave interactions with particular reference to Raman amplification and wave-particle interactions and particle acceleration mechanisms.
Close collaborative links are maintained with the theoreticians in the Strathclyde and Lancaster teams.
Prof. Alan Cairns
Alan has been at the University of St Andrews since 1970 and is now an Emertius Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Alan has worked on a wide range of problems in theoretical plasma physics. As well as work on laser-plasmas relevant to the ALPHA-X project, he has worked on magnetically confined plasmas and on space plasmas.