NIF- an unexpected journey, lessons learned to secure "Projects of Scale", and the future of ICF Research

Mike Campbell

Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester

Wednesday, January 13, 2016



PSFC Seminars

Abstract: Developing the mission, science, technology and support for projects of scale is a demanding and multifaceted enterprise. There are many lessons to be learned from the National Ignition Facility (NIF) experience that can be applied in the quest to secure any future large-scale facility. The presentation will include a historical perspective on the ICF at LLNL and Stockpile Stewardship program that motivated NIF, the scientific and political strategy that ultimately secured the Facility, and perspectives on the future of Inertial Confinement Fusion Research.

Bio: Dr. Mike Campbell is an internationally known expert in Inertial Fusion, High Energy Density Physics, high power lasers and their applications and advanced energy technologies including Generation IV nuclear fission reactors and biofuels. He has won numerous awards including Department of Energy’s E. O. Lawrence Award, the American Nuclear Society’s Edward Teller Award, the American Physical Society’s John Dawson Award, the Department of Energy’s Excellence in Weapons Research Award, and the Leadership Award of Fusion Power Associates. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the European Institute of Physics. He has published over 120 articles in scientific journals and holds 5 patents. Campbell has worked in various scientific and leadership positions at both federal laboratories and the private sector including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, General Atomics, Logos Technologies, and Sandia National Laboratory. He has received his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the University of Western Sydney. He is presently Deputy Director Of the Laboratory For Laser Energetics of the University Of Rochester, Senior Scientist and Director of Science and Program Development.