Plenary Speakers

Finalized List of ICOPS
2021 Plenary Speakers

Michael Lieberman
2020 Marie Curie-Sklodowska Winner

UC Berkeley

“Nonlinearity and Waves in Capacitively-Coupled Plasma Processing Discharges"
Michael A. Lieberman received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962 and his Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at Berkeley in 1967. In 1971, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Berkeley campus. He is currently a Professor in the Graduate School at Berkeley.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Vacuum Society, the Institute of Physics (Great Britain), and the International Plasma Chemistry Society. He received the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award in 1995, the von Engel Prize of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 2005, and the American Physical Society Will Allis Prize for Study of Ionized Gases in 2006.

Professor Lieberman's research interests have been theory, experiments, and computer simulations of low temperature plasmas, fusion plasmas, and nonlinear dynamical systems. He has written over 240 journal articles and two books. His first monograph, co-authored with Prof. A.J. Lichtenberg, Regular and Stochastic Motion, was published by Springer-Verlag in 1983; a Russian language edition subsequently appeared. A second, more comprehensive edition, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, was published in 1991. His second book, also co-authored with A.J. Lichtenberg, Principles of Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing, was published by John Wiley and Sons in 1994. An expanded second edition was published in 2005. Two Chinese language and two Japanese language editions have since been published.

Farhat Beg
PSAC Winner
UC San Diego

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:
The Story of fast ignition and a path forward”
Farhat Beg is a Professor of Engineering Science at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from Imperial College London. He joined University of California San Diego as a faculty in 2003. His expertise is in the field of inertial and magneto inertial fusion, laser plasma interaction, pulsed power-driven X- and Z-pinches, and neutron sources. He has published over 250 papers in refereed journals, including Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Photonics and Physical Review Letters, with total citations exceeding 9000 with an H-index of 49, according to the ISI Web of Knowledge. He is the fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has been a winner of the Department of Junior Faculty Award (2005) and IEEE Early Career Award (2008). He has served twice as the Chair of the High-Energy Density Science Association (HEDSA) in 2009/2010 and in 2017/2018. He also served as the Chair of the National Ignition Facility User Group from 2017-2019.

Allen Garner

Purdue University

"Diode Physics: From Child-Langmuir
to Paschen’s Law”
Allen Garner received the B.S. degree (Hons.) in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1996, the M.S.E. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1997, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA, in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2006. From December 1997 to December 2003, he served as an active duty submarine officer in the U. S. Navy. From 2006 to 2012, he was an Electromagnetic Physicist with GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, USA. In August 2012, he joined the School of Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He is also a Captain with the U.S. Navy Reserves. His research interests include electron emission, gas breakdown, high-power microwaves, and biomedical applications of pulsed power and plasmas. He received the 2016 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Early Achievement Award and two Meritorious Service Medals. He served as the Technical Program Chair for the 2016 IEEE IPMHVC and is a member of the IEEE IPMHVC Executive Committee and the Administrative Committee of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society.

Daniel Gordon
Naval Research Laboratory

"Intense gamma ray pulses from ultra-relativistic laser-plasma interactions"
Dr. Daniel Gordon is head of the Laser Physics Section in the Plasma Physics Division at the Naval Research Laboratory. His research on ultra-intense laser-plasma interactions encompasses early experiments on beatwave and self-modulated laser wakefield acceleration, modeling of laser-plasma accelerators using particle-in-cell codes, and quantum scale theory and simulation of ionization and quantum electrodynamics processes. His research interests also include hydrodynamics simulation, and experiments on long wavelength, high power, radiation sources.

Ling-Hsiao Lyu
National Central University

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Sabrina Nagel
Lawrence Livermore National Lab

“The crucial role of diagnostics in improving our understanding of High-Energy-Density science
Sabrina Nagel is the lead scientist for the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Dynamic X-ray Detectors Group. She received her MA in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and, in 2009, earned her PhD from Imperial College London, where she studied short-pulse, high-intensity laser plasma interactions. She joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 2011 and started working on X-ray detectors for the NIF, developing novel capabilities for taking X-ray images of inertial-confinement-fusion (ICF) experiments with unprecedented temporal resolution. In 2018 she became a group leader in the Physics Division at LLNL and the lead scientist for the NIF’s Dynamic X-ray Detectors Group. As such she works closely with engineering and operations and is a key contributor for inertial-confinement-fusion and high-energy-density science campaigns on the NIF.

Her published work ranges from innovative diagnostics techniques and their experimental implementation at large-scale facilities such as the NIF, to the study of ICF implosions, and Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities in laser-driven shock tubes. Her work on pulse dilation instrumentation was a R&D100 Finalist in the category of Market Disruptor Product in 2015 and, in 2017, she was part of the team that won the R&D100 award for their work on geometrically enhanced photocathodes.


Donald Shiffler
Air Force Research Lab

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Umair Siddiqui

Phase Four

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