Samuel F. B. Morse

Director Omega Laser Facility

Samuel F. B. Morse is the Omega Laser Facility Division Director at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester. He is responsible for the operation of the OMEGA 60-beam laser, the OMEGA Extended Performance (EP) 4-beam laser, and the Cryogenic and Tritium Facility.

Mr. Morse joined the laboratory in 1983 as an Optical Engineer. In the 1980s he contributed to the evolution of the 24-beam OMEGA laser. He worked on laser oscillators, aided in the frequency conversion of OMEGA from infrared to ultraviolet, and then managed the Laser Operations Group. From 1990–1995 he managed a large segment of the OMEGA Upgrade Project, rebuilding the OMEGA laser into a 60-beam facility. For the remainder of the 1990s, Mr. Morse was the Laser Facility Manager in charge of operational readiness and facility operation. Mr. Morse increased the formality of operations while continuing to orchestrate facility improvements.

After 2001, Mr. Morse’s efforts were redirected to executing the OMEGA EP addition to the Laboratory. He was Project Manager from project inception to project completion and with support from the entire laboratory, the OMEGA EP project was completed in April 2008 on schedule and on budget.

Mr. Morse received a B.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester in 1983 and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business in 1998.

Sam Morse