What if we could look at the sun with x-ray vision (contact x-ray plates on the Vulcan Target Area West vacuum chamber, 36 separate shots)

2017

Alistair McClymont with C M Brenner, S R Mirfayzi, D R Rusby, C Armstrong, A Alejo, L A Wilson, R Clarke, H Ahmed, N M H Butler, D Haddock, A Higginson, C Murphy, M Notley, P Oliver, R Allott, C Hernandez-Gomez, S Kar, P McKenna and D Neely

2017
200cm x 193cm

Each image was created by attaching X-ray plates to the end of the Vulcan laser vacuum chamber on separate laser shots during the course of an experiment at the Central Laser Facility. The Vulcan laser, one of the most powerful lasers in the world, fired at a metal target creating a plasma within the chamber. Powerful X-rays were produced by the plasma, passing through the metal walls of the chamber and revealing the apparatus inside. Physicists at the Central Laser Facility were investigating the properties of these X-rays during the experiment, the central image is from their experimental results. The surrounding images were taken by Alistair McClymont as he followed the course of the experiment.