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About LaserNetUS

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Our mission is to advance and promote intense ultrafast laser science and applications by:

  • Advancing the frontiers of laser-science research;
  • Providing students and scientists with broad access to unique facilities and enabling technologies;
  • Fostering collaboration among researchers and networks from around the world.
U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)

LaserNetUS supports students

The network allows graduate and undergraduate students access to laser facilities. The experiments at these facilities provide data for students’ Ph.D. theses and students publications. in 2019 alone 80 students, 36 postdocs, and 86 staff scientists from users groups participated in LaserNetUS experiments; a total exceeding 200 user participants.

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as a:
  • User Facility Member
  • Research Group Member
  • Single Investigator Member
  • Private Sector Partner
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Our members include

Our members include

Colorado State University, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Ohio State University, University of Texas at Austin, the University of Rochester, the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Central Florida, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
U.S Department of Energy
Energy.gov

Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
- Department of Energy

Building a Network we believe in

Below you’ll find the LaserNetUS organizational chart. Navigate on the left-hand side to meet the different committee members, panelists, key players, and contacts who make our organization a success.

Network Facilities Committee
Felicie Albert
Felicie Albert
Chair
Douglass Schumacher
Douglass Schumacher
Douglass Schumacher
Vice Chair
Robert Cauble
Robert Cauble
Robert Cauble
Member
Jorge Rocca
Jorge Rocca
Jorge Rocca
Member
Todd Ditmire
Todd Ditmire
Todd Ditmire
Member
Cameron Geddes
Cameron Geddes
Cameron Geddes
Member
François Légaré
François Légaré
François Légaré
Member
Mike Chini
Mike Chini
Mike Chini
Member
Donald Umstadter
Donald Umstadter
Donald Umstadter
Member
Mingsheng Wei
Mingsheng Wei
Mingsheng Wei
Member
Gilliss Dyer
Gilliss Dyer
Gilliss Dyer
Member
I-USE: Intense-light USers Engagment Committee
Ronnie Shepherd
Ronnie Shepherd
Chair
Amina Hussein
Amina Hussein
Co-Chair
Franklin Dollar
Franklin Dollar
Secretary
Jennifer Elle
Jennifer Elle
Treasurer
Thomas White
Thomas White
DEI
Chandra Curry
Chandra Curry
Outreach
Farhat  Beg
Farhat Beg
Student Liaison
Scott Feister
Scott Feister
External / Membership
Jun Ren
Jun Ren
Student experience
Elizabeth Grace
Elizabeth Grace
Facility Liaison
Mario Manuel
Mario Manuel
Target support
Scott Wilks
Scott Wilks
Simulation support
Julian Fuchs
Julian Fuchs
Diagnostic support
Scientific Advisory Board
Roger Falcone
Roger Falcone
Chair
Donna Strickland
Donna Strickland
Member
Ronnie Shepherd
Ronnie Shepherd
Member
Edward Thomas
Edward Thomas
Member
Sean Finnegan
Sean Finnegan
Member
Cristina Hernandez-Gomez
Cristina Hernandez-Gomez
Member
Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini
Member
Howard Milchberg
Howard Milchberg
Member
Mark Palmer
Mark Palmer
Member
Gennady Shvets
Gennady Shvets
Member
Kazuo Tanaka
Kazuo Tanaka
Member
Linda Young
Linda Young
Member
Franklin Dollar
Franklin Dollar
Member
Diagnostics Committee
Christine Krauland
Christine Krauland
Chair
Mingsheng Wei
Mingsheng Wei
Mingsheng Wei
Member
Christopher McGuffey
Christopher McGuffey
Member
Simulations Committee
Scott Wilks
Scott Wilks
Chair
Petros Tzeferacos
Petros Tzeferacos
Vice Chair
Igor Golovkin
Igor Golovkin
Member
Dale Welch
Dale Welch
Member
John Cary
John Cary
Member
Jean-Luc Vay
Jean-Luc Vay
Member
Warren Mori
Warren Mori
Member
Yasuhiko Sentoku
Yasuhiko Sentoku
Member
Alex Arefiev
Alex Arefiev
Member
Andreas Kemp
Andreas Kemp
Member
Yin Lin
Yin Lin
Member
Adam Sefkow
Adam Sefkow
Member
Proposal Review Panel
Arianna Gleason
Arianna Gleason
Chair
Tammy Ma
Tammy Ma
Past-Chair
The panel also includes 10-20 confidential members with a balanced representation of the organizations and disciplines across High Energy Denstity (HED) and high-intensity laser science. Confidentiality in the PRP process is strictly upheld to protect LaserNetUS users, the PRP members, and scientific integrity.

Proposal Review

The Proposal Review Panel (PRP) is responsible for the evaluation of LaserNetUS proposals for scientific and technical merit. It was established as an independent and confidential committee to provide unbiased recommendations for awarding experimental time across all participating facilities. 

Dr. Tammy Ma (LLNL) served as the inaugural Chair for Runs 1-3 and Dr. Arianna Gleason (SLAC/Stanford) will assume the role of Chair for Run 4.

Testimonials

Raspberry Simpson
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As a graduate student, LaserNetUS has been crucial for both providing me with the means to obtain my thesis data and also the training and expertise from the network of scientists, engineers and staff at these premier laser facilities. I’m very grateful for the access I’ve been able to have at these consortium of laser laboratories and also the opportunity to learn about the exciting research being done at each facility at the annual LaserNetUS meeting.

Raspberry Simpson

Graduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Prof. Philip H. Bucksbaum
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I’m excited to see how LaserNetUS fills a critical need in North America identified in our NAS report “Opportunities in Intense Ultrafast Lasers: Reaching for the Brightest Light”, to establish and maintain a network of coordinated user facilities where any scientist from academia, national labs, or industry can propose research at a range of complementary petawatt-class lasers. This concept enables and accelerates research across a broad array of fundamental and applied science. The varied science that can benefit from LaserNetUS facilities ranges from elementary particles to high density plasmas, geoscience to medical science, and attosecond physics to high energy astrophysics. The enhanced cooperation and coordination brought about by the network promotes petawatt laser utilization for truly transformative science.

Prof. Philip H. Bucksbaum

Stanford University, Chair of NASEM “Opportunities in Intense Ultrafast Lasers: Reaching for the Brightest Light” report

Brian Kraus
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LaserNetUS was invaluable for completing my PhD research in plasma physics from Princeton. The creation of the network not only gave us access to high-quality lasers with capabilities exactly tailored to our goals, but also let me submit a successful proposal as a student researcher. Data from our campaign at Colo. State University made it possible for me to write my thesis and start off a career in high-density plasma physics.

Brian Kraus

Staff Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

How we impact Academia and Industry

LaserNetUS powers both academic institutions and the private sector, enabling game-changing research, R&D, and new applications, networking opportunities with strong commercial potential and societal benefits. It also enables the development of a talented workforce needed by national laboratories.

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