National Inertial Confinement Fusion Program


Distinguished Teaching Professor Stephen Padalino

Department: Physics

Funding Source: US Dept. of Energy/Subagreement with University of Rochester

Period of Funding: October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2012

Award Total: $2,000,000

Research Scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) and Physicists, Chemists and Computer Scientists at SUNY Geneseo have maintained a strong research partnership for approximately 17 years. This has resulted in the establishment of the Nuclear and Plasma Diagnostics Development Laboratory at Geneseo where 6 faculty and more than a dozen undergraduate students engage in research projects throughout the academic year on a part-time basis and full-time during the summer months. These projects directly support the Inertial Confinement, High Energy Density Physics and National Ignitions Campaign communities which perform research at the LLE Omega, Omega-EP, Multi Tera Watt and National Ignition Facility laser systems. Given that Geneseo is an undergraduate institution the projects undertaken are typically distributed over 1 to 3 years so that the faculty and students can have a minimum of one summer's full-time effort on the project. Geneseo's support of these research endeavors is especially effective for long-term projects given that the faculty have heavy teaching loads during the academic year while the undergraduate students are working full time on their course work. Over the years the Geneseo Nuclear and Plasma Diagnostics group has received in excess of 3 million dollars in support of this effort. These funds have been used to purchase scientific instruments, pay for travel, housing, registration and meals to attend national conferences and visit remote laboratory such as the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California, pay student research assistant salaries and support faculty during the summer months. This research partnership between Geneseo and LLE has allowed our students to participate in cutting edge research and collaborate with scientists at world class premier ICF facilities and has motivated them to continue with their studies in graduate school.