Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group

Dustin Froula

Dustin Froula

Primary Appointment: Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Secondary Appointment: Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics, 1998 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
M.S. Physics, 2000 from University of California at Davis
Ph.D. Physics, 2002 from University of California at Davis
Research Interests: Basic plasma physics, laser–plasma interactions, Thomson scattering, and advanced optical diagnostics
William Donaldson

William Donaldson

Primary Appointment: Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Secondary Appointment: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science
B.S. Physics & Mathematics, 1976 from Carnegie-Mellon University
Ph.D Electrical Engineering 1984, from Cornell University
Research Interests: Physics of photoconductive switches, streak-camera development, the optical response of high-temperature superconductors, optical semiconductor diagnostics, electro-optic characterization of electronic circuits, laser patterning of surfaces, and the florescence of biological molecules
Dana Edgell

Dana Edgell

Primary Appointment: Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
B.Sc. Applied Physics, 1985 from University of Waterloo
M.S. Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, 1987 from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. Engineering Physics, 1997 from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Interests: Laser–plasma interactions and cross-beam energy transfer in direct-drive fusion
Dan Haberberger

Dan Haberberger

Primary Appointment: Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2005 from University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2008 from University of California at Los Angeles
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 2012 from University of California at Los Angeles
Research Interests: Short-pulse laser–plasma interactions, laser-driven ion acceleration, and Raman amplification
David Tomline Michel

David Tomline Michel

Primary Appointment: Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
M.S. in Physique and Application, 2006 from The Institute of Optics Graduate School, Palaiseau, France
Ph.D. in Physics, 2010 from Ecole Poltechnique, Palaiseau, France
Research Interests: Inertial confinement fusion, hydrodynamic coupling, laser–plasma instabilities,
and high-energy-density physics
Jessica Shaw

Jessica Shaw

Primary Appointment: Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering Villanova 2010
B.A. in Physics, 2010 from Villanova University
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 2013 from University of California at Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 2016 from University of California at Los Angeles
Research Interests: Short-pulse laser–plasma interactions, laser wakefield acceleration, and betatron sources
David Turnbull

David Turnbull

Primary Appointment: Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Secondary Appointment: Visiting Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2007 from University of California at San Diego
M.A. Mechanical Engineering Applied & Plasma Physics, 2009 from Princeton University
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Applied & Plasma Physics, 2013 from Princeton University
Research Interests: Laser–plasma interactions, plasma photonics, inertial confinement fusion, and plasma physics
Robert Boni

Robert Boni

Primary Appointment: Research Engineer, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
B.S. Physics, 1979 from the University of Rochester
Research Interests: Advanced diagnostic development, optical modeling, electron-optics, x-ray,
and optical streak cameras