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Dr Yvonne Sutton

Professional biography

Since January 2015, I have been carrying out research in the Plasma Physics group which is part of the School of Physical Sciences within the Dept. of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

In my research, I am developing methods to generate and characterise fast neutral beams as part of the EU funded project ‘Single nanometer manufacturing for beyond CMOS devices’. This is acheived by adapting an ICP etching system with a component that 'neutralises' an ion through surface interaction. The ion velocity is controlled further through the use of electrode biasing. This is a collaborative project with Oxford Instruments Nanotechnology Tools Ltd. and the University of Liverpool.

Previous appointments

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Materials Engineering, The Open University, 2012-2014
  • Research Scientist, Acoustics group, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, 1998-2007

Qualifications & memberships

  • PhD in Plasma Physics, The Open University, 2007-2011
  • Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP), 2003

Research interests

My research interests lie in technological plasmas and the methods used to characterise them. Other research interests include materials characterisation (specifically strain relief methods such as the contour method), acoustics characterisation and ultrasound.


Chondrules born in plasma? Simulation of gas-grain interaction using plasma arcs with applications to chondrule and cosmic spherule formation (2012-12)
Morlok, A.; Sutton, Y. C.; Braithwaite, N St.J. and Grady, Monica M.
Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 47(12) (pp. 2269-2280)
A numerical and experimental investigation of an axially symmetric RF plasma (2012-10-16)
Sutton, Yvonne C.; Johnson, Peter C.; Naidis, George V.; Sharp, David and Braithwaite, Nicholas St. J.
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 45, Article 455201(45)
Looking into a plasma loudspeaker (2011-11)
Sutton, Yvonne; Moore, John; Sharp, David and Braithwaite, Nicholas St.J
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 39(11) (pp. 2146-2147)
An ultrasound mini-balance for measurement of therapy level ultrasound (2006-06-23)
Sutton, Yvonne; McBride, Karne and Pye, Stephen
Physics in Medicine and Biology, 51(14) (pp. 3397-3404)
Measurement of ultrasonic power using an acoustically absorbing well (2003-10)
Sutton, Yvonne; Shaw, Adam and Zeqiri, Bajram
Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, 29(10) (pp. 1507-1513)
Simulation of gas-grain collisions: a mechanism for chondrule formation (2011-09-08)
Morlock, A.; Sutton, Y. C.; Patel, M.; Braithwaite, N. St. J and Grady, M. M.
In : 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (8-12 August 2011, London, UK)
Even more chondrules born in plasma: simulation of gas-grain collisions (2011)
Morlock, A.; Sutton, Y. C.; Braithwaite, N. St.J. and Grady, M. M.
In : 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (7-11 March 2011, Houston, TX, USA)
Characteristics of a transition discharge in air through N2 spectroscopy (2011)
Johnson, P. C.; Sutton, Y.; Sharp, D.; Moore, J. and Braithwaite, N. St. J
In : TPW 8th Technological Plasma Workshop (6-7 January 2011, Bristol)
Visualising gas heating from an RF plasma loudspeaker (2010-10)
Sutton, Y.; Naidis, G. V.; Johnson, P. C.; Sharp, D.; Moore, J. and Braithwaite, N. St.J
In : GEC & IRCP 2010 (Paris, France)
Chondrules born in plasma: laboratory simulations of circumstellar processes (2010-07)
Morlock, A.; Sutton, Y. C.; Braithwaite, N. St.J and Grady, M. M.
In : 73rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (26-30 July 2010, New York City, USA) (A142)
Ausio sound reproduction by thermal expansion in an RF generated plasma (2010-03)
Sutton, Y.; Johnson, P. C.; Sharp, D.; Moore, J. and Braithwaite, N. St.J
In : Institute of Physics Plasma Physics Group Conference 2010 (March 2010)
Experiments in chondrule formation: simulations of gas-grain collisions using plasma arcs (2010-02-02)
Morlock, Andreas; Sutton, Yvonne; Braithwaite, N. St.J and Grady, Monica
In : Lunar and Planetary Society Meeting 2010 (March 2010, Houston)
Cylindrical RF discharge with free boundary at atmospheric pressure (2009-07)
Sutton, Y.; Naidis, G. V.; Johnson, P. C.; Moore, J.; Sharp, D. and Braithwaite, N. St.J
In : International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases (17-19 July 2009, Cancun Mexico)
Electro-acoustic coupling in a plasma gas (2011)
Sutton, Yvonne
PhD thesis The Open University

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