Dave joined ASTeC in 2005 after completing a Masters degree in physics at the University of Manchester. He has expertise in the field of free-electron lasers (FELs), including experimental studies, facility design and developing new concepts.
He was part of the team who designed, commissioned and operated the UK’s first free-electron laser: the infra-red oscillator FEL on the ALICE facility. He has experience in the design and simulation of FELs for major facility proposals, including significant contributions to the UK projects 4GLS and NLS. He has also lead work packages on facility design for other academic and commercial applications.
In 2015 he completed a PhD at the University of Strathclyde on the topic of ‘Methods for the Generation of Ultra-Short Free-Electron Laser Pulses’ and has published several papers on the topic. His work in this area is now directed to the design of the FEL test facility CLARA, with a view to applications at X-ray FEL facilities.