Diagnostics for High Density Plasmas
and Pulsed Power Systems


A two-day minicourse will be offered on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 at the end of the PPPS-2007 Conference (34th Annual IEEE ICOPS combined with 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference). This minicourse will be tutorial in nature, and will cover diagnostics suitable for high temperature, high density plasmas and pulsed power systems.

Examples include pulsed power-driven plasmas, such as Z-pinches, X-pinches, dense plasma focus, magnetized target fusion, capillary discharges, radiography diodes, and coherent radiation sources; as well as other high density plasmas such as laser-produced plasmas, and direct and indirect laser-driven ICF systems.

Individual topics will be covered in 45 - 90 minute presentations given by experts in the field from institutions such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, as well as from several Universities.

Additionally, time will be devoted to overviews of planned or existing diagnostic systems on some of the larger high density plasma and pulsed power devices, such as the ZR machine at Sandia National Laboratories, and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in order to help give attendees a broader view of the implementation of such diagnostics.

Minicourse Schedule
June 22 – 23, 2007
Diagnostics for High Density Plasmas
and Pulsed Power Systems

Day 1 Schedule: Friday June 22





8:15 – 8:30


Dan Jobe, K-Tech

8:30 – 9:15

Overview of High Density Plasma Diagnostics

Mark Gilmore, UNM

9:15 – 10:15

Pulsed Power Diagnostics

Mark Savage, SNL

10:15 – 10:30



10:30 – 11:45

X-Ray Spectroscopy Techniques

Jim Bailey, SNL

11:45 – 1:15



1:15 – 2:15

Cross-fertilization: Overview of Diagnostics for ITER

Dave Johnson, PPPL

2:15 – 3:15

Shadowography and Shleiren Techniques

Dave Bliss, SNL

3:15 – 3:30



3:30 – 4:30

Imaging Diagnostics for ICF, HEDP’s

Dan Sinars, SNL


Board busses to dinner on Sandia Crest


6:00 -

Cocktails & Dinner



Day 2 Schedule: Saturday June 23

7:45 – 8:30



8:30 – 9:15

Overview of Diagnostics for NIF

Jeff Koch, LLNL

9:15 – 10:30

Nuclear Diagnostics for ICF and HEDP’s

Gary Cooper, UNM

10:30 – 10:45



10:45 – 12:00

Laser Scattering Techniques in High Density Plasmas

John Kline, LANL

12:00 - 1:30



1:30 – 2:15

Target Diagnostics

Mike Campbell, GA

2:15 - 3:15

Diagnostics for Magneto-Inertial Confinement Plasmas

Glen Wurden, LANL

3:15– 3:30



3:30 – 4:30

Overview of Diagnostics on Z

Ray Leeper, SNL

Download a pdf of the schedule here.


This minicourse is designed for engineers, scientists, technicians, and graduate students with an interest in high temperature, high density plasma diagnostics and/or pulsed power diagnostics. The course will be targeted to the nonspecialist, but will assume a basic knowledge of plasma science.


The cost for pre-registration (through April 30, 2007) is $500, with a reduced fee of $250 for students. After April 30, or on site, the cost is $550, and $300 for students. This fee covers two full days of instruction, course materials, breakfasts and lunches on course days, and dinner on Friday night. Registration for the full conference is not required in order to register for the mini course.


The mini course will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center – the same location as the Pulsed Power and Plasma Science Conference.


For more information, contact the mini course organizers: Prof. Mark Gilmore, University of New Mexico,, or Dr. Daniel Jobe, K-Tech, .

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