Kazuo A. Tanaka
Scientific Director, Extreme Laser Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics

April 2019

Alumni Focus

Kazuo A. Tanaka earned B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1976) degrees from Osaka University and M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees from the University of Rochester. His doctoral research on parametric instabilities in UV laser-produced plasmas was carried out at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) under the supervision of Prof. Leonard Goldman. He held an LLE Fellowship from 1978 to 1982 and worked as a Research Associate at LLE from 1982 to 1984.

In 1985 Dr. Tanaka joined Osaka University, Japan, as an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Laser Engineering and was appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering in 2001. His major interests are fast ignition, laser–plasma interactions, and equation of state of matter. He has published more than 300 scientific papers. In 2006 he earned the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research for developing key aspects of the fast-ignition inertial fusion concept. He is an American Physical Society fellow and board member of the Japanese Society of Plasma Science and Nuclear Fusion Research (JSPF), Journal of Plasma Physics and Fusion Research in Europe, and several international conferences. Prof. Tanaka was named in 2016 and currently serves as Scientific Director of the European Union Extreme Laser Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics project in Bucharest, Romania.