Colloquia & Guest Speakers

LLE: Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Mike Campbell, Director | UR · Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) | University of Rochester

Monday, April 5, 2021
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Zoom Virtual Setting

Abstract:  Established in 1970 as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter, the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) is a unique national resource. LLE is home to the Omega Laser Facility, which houses two of the largest lasers at any academic institution in the world, and is the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) funded university-based research center. Recognized nationally and internationally for education and research, LLE is the only major facility that trains graduate students in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high-energy density-physics (HEDP), and is a leading center for ultrahigh-power laser research and development. The presentation will discuss recent progress in ICF and HEDP and a vision for the future.This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-NA0003856, the University of Rochester, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The support of DOE does not constitute an endorsement by DOE of the views expressed in this abstract.

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Bio:  Dr. Campbell is an internationally known expert in inertial fusion, high-energy-density physics, high-power lasers and their applications, and advanced energy technologies including Generation IV nuclear fission reactors and biofuels. He has won numerous awards including the Department of Energy's E. O. Lawrence Award, the American Nuclear Society's Edward Teller Award, the American Physical Society's John Dawson Award, the Department of Energy's Excellence in Weapons Research Award, and the Leadership Award of Fusion Power Associates. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, American Physical Society, and the European Institute of Physics. He has published over 200 articles in scientific journals and holds five patents including the design of the first laboratory x-ray laser. He has given numerous invited and plenary talks at both national and international conferences. He is the originator of the Inertial Fusion Science and Applications Conference.

Dr. Campbell has been a member of numerous committees providing advice and strategy, including the Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, National Academy of Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Texas, the National Research Council of Canada, Missile Defense Agency, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. He served on the Board of Evans and Sutherland Corporation and has worked in various scientific and leadership positions at both federal laboratories and the private sector including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, General Atomics, Logos Technologies, and Sandia National Laboratories. He has received his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the University of Western Sydney.

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