E. Michael Campbell co-invented the “fast ignition” concept and revolutionized the world of optics and photonics with his great invention.
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E. Michael Campbell, one of the nation's leading experts in high-power lasers and their applications, was appointed Vice President for Laser and Inertial Confinement Fusion Programs at General Atomics (GA).
This is because Campbell was responsible for all laser and inertial fusion activities at LLNL including the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the isotope separation program, extreme vacuum ultra-violet (EUV) lithography, and numerous Department of Defense applications.
He developed LLNL Laser Division and became the innovator in high power solid-state lasers, inertial fusion, high energy density physics, and advanced optics. E. Michael Campbell spent his entire professional career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, beginning as a research scientist in the Inertial Confinement Fusion Program.
He became responsible for the Inertial Fusion Program in 1991 and Associate Laboratory Director in 1994. He also played leading roles in LLNL's efforts in ultra-short-pulse, high-peak power lasers, as well as EUV projection lithography, science applications of high-energy lasers, laboratory x-ray lasers, and numerous medical, and other spinoffs.
E. Michael Campbell is recognized an expert in Energy R&D strategy and execution. He initiated programs in medical photonics, advanced high power lasers, and advanced x-ray optics during his service in LLNL. All his efforts have been appreciated throughout the world by great science experts.
E. Michael Campbell co-invented the "fast ignition" concept and revolutionized the world of optics and photonics with his great invention. This concept is now being pursued in the United States, Japan, and Europe. E. Michael Campbell circulated his knowledge to the whole world through his publications.
He has published over 100 technical papers and holds four patents. He has received the Department of Energy's Lawrence Award, the Teller Award, and the Excellence in Plasma Research Award, the Fusion Power Leadership Award, and the Weapons Research Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has served on a number of panels of the National Academy of Sciences.