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Lieselotte Obst-Huebl

Lieselotte Obst-Huebl


Research Scientist at the BELLA Center

Lieselotte Obst-Huebl, PhD, is a research scientist at the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center where she is the lead for high energy density science experiments. To that end she conducts experiments and supports LaserNetUS user campaigns at the BELLA PW laser system. Dr. Obst-Huebl received her PhD in Physics at Technische Universität Dresden and was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award by the American Physical Society (APS) for her research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). Her expertise lies in PW laser-matter interactions, including laser-proton acceleration, targetry, plasma mirrors, diagnostics, and applications. 


LaserNetUS Affiliations:

  • LaserNetUS Strategic Planning Council Member
  • LaserNetUS Facility POC for the BELLA Center


Featured Publications:

- L. Obst-Huebl, K. Nakamura, S. Hakimi, J. De Chant, A. Jewell, M. Cole, B. Stassel, A. Snijders, A. J. Gonsalves, Z. Eisentraut, Z. Harvey, L. Willingale, T. Schenkel, Cs. Toth, C. B. Schroeder, J. van Tilborg, C. G. R. Geddes, and E. Esarey. “High power commissioning of BELLA iP2”, Proc. SPIE 12583, Applying Laser-driven Particle Acceleration III: Using Distinctive Energetic Particle and Photon Sources, 1258305 (2023).

- R. Schulte, C. Johnstone, S. Boucher, E. Esarey, C. G. R. Geddes, M. Kravchenko, S. Kutsaev, B. W. Jr. Loo, F. Méot, B. Mustapha, K. Nakamura, E. A. Nanni, L. Obst-Huebl, S. E. Sampayan, C. B. Schroeder, K. Sheng, A. M. Snijders, E. Snively, S. G. Tantawi and J. van Tilborg. “Transformative Technology for FLASH Radiation Therapy”. Appl. Sci. 13, 5021 (2023).

- J. H. Bin, L. Obst-Huebl, J.-H. Mao, K. Nakamura, L. D. Geulig, H. Chang, Q. Ji, L. He, Z. Kober, A. J. Gonsalves, S. S. Bulanov, S. E. Celniker, C. B. Schroeder, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, B. A. Simmons, T. Schenkel, E. A. Blakely, S. Steinke, A. M. Snijders. “A new platform for ultra‑high dose rate radiobiological research using the BELLA PW laser proton beamline”, Scientific Reports 12, 1585 (2022).

- S. Hakimi, L. Obst-Huebl, A. Huebl, K. Nakamura, S. S. Bulanov, S. Steinke, W. P. Leemans, Z. Kober, T. M. Ostermayr, T. Schenkel, A. J. Gonsalves, J.-L. Vay, J. van Tilborg, C. Toth, C. B. Schroeder, E. Esarey, C. G. R. Geddes, “Laser-solid interaction studies enabled by the new capabilities of the iP2 BELLA PW beamline”, Phys. Plasmas 29, 083102 (2022).

- L. D. Geulig, L. Obst-Huebl, K. Nakamura, J. H. Bin, Q. Ji, S. Steinke, A. J. Gonsalves, S. S. Bulanov, J. van Tilborg, C. B. Schroeder, C. G. R. Geddes, E. Esarey, T. Schenkel, A. Snijders, J.-H. Mao, E. Blakely, M. Roth, “Online Charge Measurement for Petawatt Laser-Driven Ion Acceleration”, Review of Scientific Instruments 93, 103301 (2022).

- L. Obst-Huebl, T. Ziegler, F.-E. Brack, M. Bussmann, T. E. Cowan, C. B. Curry, F. Fiuza, M. Garten, M. Gauthier, G. Sebastian, S. H. Glenzer, A. Huebl, A. Irman, J. B. Kim, S. Kraft, F. Kroll, J. Metzkes-Ng, R. Pausch, I. Prencipe, M. Rehwald, R. Christian, H.-P. Schlenvoigt, U. Schramm, and K. Zeil. “All-optical structuring of laser-driven proton beam profiles”, Nat. Commun. 9 (2018), p. 5292. DOI:

- L. Obst, S. Göde, M. Rehwald, F.-E. Brack, J. Branco, S. Bock, M. Bussmann, T. Cowan, C. Curry, F. Fiuza, M. Gauthier, R. Gebhardt, U. Helbig, A. Huebl, U. Hübner, A. Irman, L. Kazak, J. Kim, T. Kluge, S. Kraft, M. Loeser, J. Metzkes, R. Mishra, C. Rödel, H.-P. Schlenvoigt, M. Siebold, J. Tiggesbäumker, S. Wolter, T. Ziegler, U. Schramm, S. Glenzer, and K. Zeil. “Efficient laser-driven proton acceleration from cylindrical and planar cryogenic hydrogen jets”, Sci. Rep. 7 (2017), p. 10248. DOI:

- S. Göde, C. Rödel, K. Zeil, R. Mishra, M. Gauthier, F.-E. Brack, T. Kluge, M. J. MacDonald, J. Metzkes, L. Obst, M. Rehwald, C. Ruyer, H.-P. Schlenvoigt, W. Schumaker, P. Sommer, T. E. Cowan, U. Schramm, S. Glenzer, and F. Fiuza. “Relativistic electron streaming instabilities modulate proton beams accelerated in laser-plasma interactions”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118 (2017), p. 194801. DOI:

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