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The National Ignition Facility and the Pursuit of Star Power on Earth

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  • Visitor Seminars
When Jun 18, 2014
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Tesla Room 53-125
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Chris Barty

CTO for the National Ignition Facility Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

   

Abstract

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the world's first mega-Joule laser and the first facility of its kind with sufficient laser energy to achieve controlled fusion ignition and burn in the laboratory, i.e. the same fusion process which powers our Sun. This presentation will review the design, construction and development of NIF and its many technologies, the status of the 50+ year pursuit of inertial confinement fusion and the potential for laser inertial fusion energy as a source of clean, sustainable power.

Biography

Dr. C.P.J. Barty is the Chief Technology Officer for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His academic background includes Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in applied physics from Stanford University and B.S. degrees, each with honors, in chemistry, physics, and chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. He has published more than 150 manuscripts and presented over 200 invited talks, spanning topics in lasers, optics, materials science, medicine, chemistry, engineering, and physics. He was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering work on intense short-pulse lasers and elected a Fellow of SPIE for his contributions to ultrafast and x- ray science. During his career, he has founded both the biennial international meeting on Ultrafast Optics and the International Conference on Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers. Currently, he is the Co-chair of the International Committee on Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers.

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