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February 19, 2014.

 

HEDP PhD candidate Alex Zylstra presents Outstanding Poster at SSAP

 

Keith LeChien, SSAA Program Manager, awarded Alex Zylstra's poster: Observations of a 5th Shock and Low-Mode Asymmetries in Surrogate Ignition Scale NIF Implosions the Outstanding Poster of the 2014 SSAP Symposium on High Energy Density Physics.

 

October 18, 2013.

HEDP PhD candidate Hong Sio presented a poster at MIT Energy Night.

MIT Energy Night

MIT Energy Night is a celebration of the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of MIT faculty, researchers, students, and alumni. Energy Night features poster presentations from every energy-affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage startups based on MIT technologies.
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October 6, 2013.

Luncheon hosted by PSFC Director Miklos Porkolab.

Lunch at Bertucci's

Miklos Porkolab joined the HEDP group's celebration of recent promotions and awards.

 

johan frenjeDr. Johan Frenje

 

October, 2013.
Miklos Porkolab, Director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, announced the well-deserved promotion of Dr. Johan Frenje to the position of Principal Research Scientist.

"Promotions to these ranks...[are] based on outstanding scholarship, community leadership and contributions to MIT's educational program by way of mentoring students", said Porkolab.

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September 11, 2013.

International Inertial Fusion Science and Applications Conference (IFSA) in Nara, Japan.

richard petrasso

Richard Petrasso accepts the Teller award at IFSA 2013

Richard Petrasso received the prestigious Edward Teller Medal, which recognizes pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce extraordinarily high-temperature and high-density matter for scientific research and for controlled thermonuclear fusion. His citation for the award reads: “for pioneering the use of nuclear diagnostics for understanding inertial confinement fusion implosions and high-energy-density physics.”
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Maria Gatu Johnson

Maria Gatu Johnson

 

 

September 1, 2013.

 

Dr. Maria Gatu Johnson was promoted to the position of Research Scientist.

June 28, 2013.

Stewardship Science Academic Programs Annual Review Symposium

NNSA/DOE

Alex Zylstra's poster "Fusion product spectroscopy of inertial fusion implosions for studies of NIF implosions and basic science" was awarded Outstanding Poster of the 2013 SSAP Symposium on High Energy Density Physics by Christopher Deeney, Assistant Deputy Administrator.

 

Maria Gatu Johnson

Maria Gatu Johnson

 

The May 26, 2013 edition of Weekly Highlights reported that the first quantitative measurement of collective fuel velocities in NIF ICF implosions were described in a Physics of Plasmas paper by Dr. Maria Gatu Johnson.

 

Weekly Highlights is a sampling of experimental results and research accomplishments at the NIF and Photon Science Principal Directorate.

Dr. Edward Moses, Principal Associate Director NIF & Photon Science, commented that "The [Gatu Johnson] paper is another good example of the close and productive collaboration between NIF and MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center."

 

Maria Gatu Johnson

Maria Gatu Johnson

 

 

February, 2013. Dr. Maria Gatu Johnson’s poster for the 2013 NIF/JLF User Group Meeting was recognized as the Best Poster by a Postdoc.

 

Novel nuclear science experiments on the NIF and OMEGA relevant to stellar nuclear synthesis”.

mario manuel, graduate student

Mario Manuel

 

January, 2013. Dr. Mario Manuel was awarded an Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship.

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-sponsored Einstein Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for highly qualified, recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos program.

 

Nareg

Nareg Sinenian

 

Nareg Sinenian successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, December 2012.

 

"Fast-Ion Spectrometry of ICF Implosions and Laser-Foil Experiments at the Omega and MTW Laser Facilities".

mario manuel, graduate student

Mario Manuel

 

December, 2012. Mario Manuel successfully defeneded his Ph.D thesis.

 

"Rayleigh-Taylor-Induced Electromagnetic Fields in Laser-Produced Plasmas".

johan frenjeJohan Frenje

 

October, 2012. Research Scientist Johan Frenje was selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society: for pioneering development of unique neutron diagnostic methods and their utilization in inertial confinement fusion research, particularly in assessing implosion performance in fundamental and applied nuclear-science experiments.

Preamplifiers at the NIF
Photo credit: Damien Jemison/LLNL

 

July, 2012. Time Magazine's Techland blog reports on "The Laser Beam 1,000 Times as Powerful as the U.S." Author Matt Peckham includes quotes from Dr. Richard Petrasso, senior research scientist and division head of high energy density physics, made in an article on the NIF website.

 

June, 2012. The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering in NSE:Spotlight reports that "[Dan] Casey’s foundational work will enable the nation to move closer to fusion energy — an endlessly renewable, sun-like power."

 

March 16, 2012. The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering hosted its third annual Doctoral Research Expo featuring signature oral presentations given by an outstanding student chosen from each of the three main areas of research within the department. Featured Presentation: Mario Manuel (Fusion) Using Fusion to Study Fusion.
Alex Zylstra

Alex Zylstra

February 2012. Alex Zylstra's poster for the 2012 NIF User Group Meeting was recognized as The First Place Distinguished Poster.

 

"Charged-particle spectroscopy for diagnosing NIF implosions and for conducting basic science"
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Hong Sio

Hong Sio

2012. Hong Sio was awarded a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF). The program provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science.

Read more about the fellowship program.

Daniel Casey

Dan Casey

Dan Casey successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, December 2011.

"Diagnosing Inertial Confinement Fusion Implosions at OMEGA and the NIF Using Novel Neutron Spectrometry"

NIF TCC

NIF Laser Bay 2

September 2011. Three National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Awards were received for “outstanding contributions in designing and implementing diagnostics that have been essential to the progress of the National Ignition Campaign.” The awards were for advanced neutron spectrometer (Dr. Johan Frenje), particle time-of-flight detector (student Hans Rinderknecht), and proton spectrometer (student Alex Zylstra).
Alex Zylstra

Alex Zylstra

2009. Alex Zylstra was awarded a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF). The program provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science.

Read more about the fellowship program.

NIF TCC

MRS windows

Magnetic Recoil Spectrometer mentioned in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics "Around the Lab", April 2009.

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NIF TCC

NIF Target Chamber

Richard Petrasso quoted on Discovery News, July 2008.

"Giant Laser in the Works to Achieve Fusion"

Petrasso congratulates Li

Richard Petrasso congratulates Chikang Li on his selection as an APS fellow.

Chikang Li selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, October 2006
 
 

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