Omega Laser Facility Users Group 2010 Workshop

28–30 April 2010

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Findings and Recommendations of the Student/Postdoctoral Panel

OLUG Student/Postdoctoral Panel
Ryan Rygg, Chair, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Maria Barrios, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester
Dan Casey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrea Kritcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tammy Ma, University of California at San Diego
Hiroshi Sawada, University of California at San Diego
Louise Willingale, University of Michigan
  1. Interest continued in having extensive diagnostic information available online, such as reference papers and sample/calibration data linked from the Shot Request Form. The OMEGA staff has created a diagnostics forum, with threads for individual diagnostics. It is up to the users, however, to take the discussion there and populate it with useful information, such as optimal setup or analysis techniques.
  2. Published papers typically include descriptions of the basic experimental setup, results, and conclusions, but rarely include the full nitty-gritty details necessary to run experiments at OMEGA, or to analyze the raw data produced. Completed theses of prior students were identified as often including many of the useful details left out of published articles. University of Rochester theses containing work done at the Omega Facility are available on the LLE Website. It would be useful if theses from other institutions performed using OMEGA diagnostics were also collected and made available. It was also pointed out that the LLE Review has many articles that include such useful details not contained in published articles. Although back issues of the LLE Review are available on the LLE Website, the content is not easily searchable.
  3. Since HEDP is still a growing field, most academic institutions do not have enough interested students to hold dedicated classes on topics relevant to HEDP. It was suggested that experts in the field may be able to offer lecture series or entire courses online. Roberto Mancini's recent spectroscopy class was held up as an excellent example, and additional topics would also be of interest. The MIT open courseware site was recommended as a model to enable instructors and students to share lecture notes and assignments.
  4. The forum concluded with a discussion of the availability and acquisition of jobs in the field, including those in academia, government laboratories, publishing, and government administration.