John M. Soures

NLUF Manager

Dr. John M. Soures is Manager of the National Laser Users' Facility (NLUF) and Coordinator for External Users of the OMEGA Laser System. NLUF is a unique program, funded through the Office of Inertial Fusion of the Department of Energy, that allows non-LLE researchers to conduct experiments on OMEGA without a direct facility charge. Approved high-energy-density physics experiments are conducted by investigators from U.S. universities, national laboratories, and industry in a variety of areas including inertial fusion, laboratory astrophysics, radiation hydrodynamics, hydrodynamic instabilities, studies of the equation of state of materials, plasma physics, x-ray laser physics, XUV spectroscopy, and high-temperature and high-density plasma diagnostics development.

Since joining LLE in 1970 and becoming a senior scientist in 1972, Dr. Soures has held a variety of leadership positions. Most notably, he has served as Group Leader for the Glass Laser Development and Laser Fusion Experiments Groups, Deputy Director for LLE, Director of the Experimental Division, and Deputy Project Manager for the National Ignition Facility/LLE.

Dr. Soures has served as a consultant to the Naval Research Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Eastman Kodak Co., Link Foundation, the General Electric Co., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and was awarded the 1993 American Physical Society Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. He is a reviewer for Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, Physics of Plasmas, Review of Scientific Instruments, Nuclear Fusion, Nuclear Fusion Technology, Applied Physics Letters, and the Journal of the American Vacuum Society. He has also served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Dr. Soures has served as co-chairman of the Conference on High-temperature Plasma Diagnostics, and as an organizing committee member for several meetings of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society and of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).

Dr. Soures received three academic degrees from the University of Rochester: a B.S. in physics (1965), an M.S. in mechanical engineering & aerospace sciences (1967), and a Ph.D. in mechanical & aerospace sciences (1970). Dr. Soures has authored, co-authored, or presented more than 250 publications and technical papers. He is the co-inventor of three laser technology patents.

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