Radha Bahukutumbi

Integrated Modeling Group Leader
Senior Scientist
E-mail Radha Bahukutumbi

Radha Bahukutumbi is a Senior Scientist and the Group Leader of the Integrated Modeling Group at University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). She came to LLE in 1997 after completing her Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics at the California Institute of Technology to work on modeling of direct-drive–related physics including multidimensional hydrodynamic codes and particle transport in plasmas. She was one of the primary authors of the hydrodynamic code DRACO (used to model direct-drive plasmas) and the particle transport code IRIS (used to calculate and interpret neutron and charged-particle observables in implosions). Her work in room-temperature implosions was the first to include detailed simulations and experimentally identify the role of shell stability in direct-drive implosions. Radha led direct-drive research at the National Ignition Facility to study various aspects of direct-drive until 2017. Her current interests include the understanding of the effect of short-wavelength nonuniformities on implosion performance in room-temperature and cryogenic direct-drive implosions. She has served on several panels and committees reviewing inertial confinement fusion. Radha is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

A complete list of her papers can be found here.