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Events on Monday, September 8th, 2014

Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
In pursuit of Ignition - recent progress and directions at the National Ignition Facility
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: 1025 Engineering Centers Building
Speaker: John Edwards, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Abstract: Dr. John Edwards, associate NIF director for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high-energy-density (HED) science, has been responsible for defining the direction of ICF and HED experiments on NIF. Dr. Edwards has more than 20 years of experience in laser-driven ICF target physics and laboratory HED physics. He earned his Ph.D. in 1990 from Imperial College in London. During his graduate study, he conducted laser plasma physics experiments and developed an interest in simulation.

Dr. Edwards then joined the UK's Atomic Weapons Research Establishment as a HED experimental designer. He later served as the group leader for HED physics and was responsible for defining research directions. He joined the Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate at LLNL in 1998, and over the next five years, laid much of the foundation for the HED laser program in place today. Dr. Edwards then turned his focus almost entirely to ICF, leading groups in most aspects of the target physics, and later serving as the ignition team leader.
Host: Carl Sovinec
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Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
Please feel free to bring your lunch!
If you have questions or comments about this journal club, would like to propose a topic or volunteer to introduce a paper, please email Le Zhang (
Host: Peter Timbie
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Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
A parametric study of extended MHD effects on interchange modes in spheromak equilibria
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place: 514 ERB
Speaker: Eric Howell, University of Wisconsin Madison
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