Scott Feister, Ph.D.

Laser/Plasma Physicist
Wonders often: Is fusion our future?

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As a postdoctoral scholar at the Flash Center for Computational Science (University of Chicago), I am studying the physics of particle acceleration within turbulent plasmas. Magnetized plasmas exist throughout the universe and are created for brief moments on Earth by focusing the world's most powerful lasers onto carefully crafted, millimeter-sized targets. By using simulations to design and interpret experiments, my research utilizes both my computational and experimental background. I internationally collaborate on scientific projects in laboratory astrophysics at the Omega Laser (Rochester, NY) and the National Ignition Facility (Livermore, CA). Having access to these large facilities also enables me to study obstacles to laser-based fusion as an energy source.

During doctoral studies at The Ohio State University, I studied methods for efficient electron and ion acceleration by high-intensity lasers (1018 W/cm2) at kHz repetition rate. I was a member of the High Energy Density Physics group and a research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Operating at high repetition rates and with compact lasers will be required for industrial development, but is rare in the field of High Energy Density Physics. This experimental research put me at the forefront bringing intense-laser technology into industrial development. Also during my doctoral studies, I designed, physically built and maintained large sections of Ohio State's 400 Terawatt Scarlet Laser, invented and built high-acquisition-rate plasma diagnostics, and implemented hardware and software infrastructure for gigabyte-throughput data acquisition and analysis.

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