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Christopher McGuffey


Staff Scientist at General Atomics

Christopher McGuffey

Dr. Chris McGuffey is a Staff Scientist at General Atomics where he sits in the diagnostic development center jointly run by the Inertial Fusion Technologies and Magnetic Fusion Energy divisions. He has conducted high energy-density experiments using several of the LaserNetUS facilities and other user facilities around the world over the last decade. His research often involves applications of laser-driven intense ion beams. Prior to this, Dr. McGuffey studied laser wakefield acceleration of electrons and X-ray generation using the ultrahigh intensity Hercules laser, earning the Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan.


  1. J.I. Apiñaniz, S. Malko, R. Fedosejevs, W. Cayzac, X. Vaisseau, D. de Luis, G. Gatti, C. McGuffey, M. Bailly-Grandvaux, K. Bhutwala, V. Ospina-Bohorquez, J. Balboa, J.J. Santos, D. Batani, F. Beg, L. Roso, J.A. Perez-Hernandez, L. Volpe, A quasi-monoenergetic short time duration compact proton source for probing high energy density states of matter, Sci. Reports 11, 1 (2021).
  2. K. Bhutwala, M. Bailly-Grandvaux, J. Kim, M. Dozières, E. Galtier, C. B. Curry, M. Gauthier, E. Cunningham, H. J. Lee, P. Forestier-Colleoni, A. Higginson, N. Aybar, R. Hua, B. C. Edghill, J. Strehlow, G. M. Dyer, S. H. Glenzer, J. B. Kim, N. Alexander, E. Del Rio, M. S. Wei, Y. Ping, A. McKelvey, G. W. Collins, F. N. Beg, C. McGuffey, Development of a platform at the matter in extreme conditions end station for characterization of matter heated by intense laser-accelerated protons, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 48, 2751 (2020).
  3. C. McGuffey, M. Dozieres, J. Kim, A. Savin, J. Park, J. Emig, C. Brabetz, L. Carlson, R. F. Heeter, H. S. McLean, J. Moody, M. B. Schneider, M. S. Wei, F. N. Beg, Soft X-ray backlighter source driven by a short-pulse laser for pump-probe characterization of warm dense matter. Rev. Sci. Inst. 89, 10F122 (2018).
  4. H. Sio, R. Hua, Y. Ping, C. McGuffey, F. Beg, R. Heeter, C. K. Li, R. D. Petrasso, and G. W. Collins, A broadband proton backlighting platform to probe shock propagation in low-density systems. Rev. Sci. Inst. 88, 013503 (2017).
  5. L. C. Jarrott, M. S. Wei, C. McGuffey, F. N. Beg, P. M. Nilson, C. Sorce, C. Stoeckl, W. Theoboald, H. Sawada, R. B. Stephens, P. K. Patel, H. S. McLean, O. L. Landen, S. H. Glenzer, and T. Döppner, Calibration and characterization of a highly efficient spectrometer in von Hamos geometry for 7-10 keV x-rays, Rev. Sci. Inst. 88, 043110 (2017).

  • Diagnostics Committee