The personal site of
Jason Cole
Author of
Almost Looks Like Work


TL;DR: Nerd.


I am a professional experimental physicist, working in the field of laser-plasma electron accelerators. Using some of the most powerful lasers in the world, we accelerate electrons to GeV energies and probe fundamental quantum electrodynamic effects.


I'm not a mathematician, but I enjoy playing with simple models - especially those which yield interesting pictures. The interplay between mathematical and physical discoveries has always fascinated me.


Data analysis and visualisation is an important part of science. Presenting data in novel ways can aid understanding. Presenting data clearly and appealingly can broaden its reach and maximise its impact.

Things I've done

A collection of recent projects.

Scanning bone with laser x-rays

Journal article

Taking pictures at light-speed

Journal article

Making antimatter plasma

Journal article

Summer Data Challenge

Contest win

WiFi Solver

Android App


Blog post


A brief timeline.

  • 2015 - 2017

    Postdoctoral research assistant, Imperial College London

    I am working on experiments to detect the signal of strong-field QED effects in laser-produced plasmas.

  • 2011-2015

    PhD, Imperial College London

    My PhD is in the field of laser-wakefield acceleration at the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, Imperial College London.

  • 2007 - 2011

    MA & MSci, University of Cambridge

    I spent 4 years at Churchill College, Cambridge. My degrees were in Natural Sciences, specialising in Experimental and Theoretical Physics.

  • 1988 - 2011

    Growing up in Bristol

    I went to school and sixth form in this pleasant city in the south west of England, famous for Banksy and balloons.

  • Born
    Bristol, UK


Elsewhere I've appeared online

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