This case study describes Dr Ceri Brenner’s research at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories into high power laser-plasma interactions, with a particular interest in laser-driven particle acceleration. Ceri explains why she enjoys her job, what qualifications she needed, what motivates her and what skills she has developed. A new generation of lasers with more energy, power and brightness have opened up possibilities for exciting applications in medicine, security and future energy sources. Though still at the early stages of her career, Ceri is excited to contribute to frontier research in this field, and derives a great deal of enjoyment in sharing this enthusiasm with young people and members of the public. This resource was produced by Research Councils UK (RCUK).
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