Matthew Betney runs the target design team at First Light Fusion Ltd, having worked on the project since its inception in 2011. He holds a DPhil in Engineering from the University of Oxford.
First Light Fusion is taking a unique approach to fusion, where the extreme temperatures and pressures required are achieved by compressing a target using a hypervelocity projectile. The key to this approach is the target design, which captures the energy from the projectile and focuses it to implode the fuel. This approach was used by the company to successfully demonstrate fusion in the lab in a result verified by UKAEA in April this year.