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Sandia researcher Mike Desjarlais wins 2014 IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Plasma Science and Applications Award has been won by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Desjarlais. His work was cited for “pioneering contributions to the understanding of electrical and thermal transport properties, and [for] equations of state for materials at extreme conditions through the use […]

American Physical Society names four Sandia fellows

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four Sandia researchers have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society, an honor that indicates recognition by scientific peers of exceptional contributions to physics. No more than one half of 1 percent of APS membership can be elected in a given year. Those honored are: Charles Barbour, for outstanding contributions to […]

Fusion instabilities lessened by unexpected effect

Control of widely recognized distortion may allow greater output at Sandia’s Z machine ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A surprising effect created by a 19th century device called a Helmholtz pair offers clues about how to achieve controlled nuclear fusion at Sandia National Laboratories’ powerful Z machine. A Helmholz coil produces a magnetic field when electrified. In […]

High-impact Sandia physicist publishes technical, yet personal, memoir

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The swan song of retiring Sandia physicist Tom Sanford is in a technical, yet personal, memoir about experiments that changed the course of research at particle accelerators around the world. His experiments in the mid-1990s made the Z accelerator a more effective candidate to achieve peacetime fusion energy — a goal pursued […]

Japanese city councilor journeys to end furor over Sandia Z tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Yasuyuki Kaneko left his wife and two small children at the end of April to fly from the northern Japanese city of Sapporo to Albuquerque. He stayed overnight at a small hotel a few blocks from the airport. The next morning, Kaneko — a Sapporo city councilor — took the final step of […]

Sandia physicist wins two national awards

Albuquerque, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories senior manager Mark Herrmann has garnered two national awards for his work in high-energy-density science. In September, the American Physical Society elected him a Fellow, an honor limited to 0.5 percent of the society’s membership in any given year. The citation, formally presented at the recent annual meeting of […]

Dry-run experiments verify key aspect of Sandia nuclear fusion concept

Scientific “break-even” or better is near-term goal ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Magnetically imploded tubes called liners, intended to help produce controlled nuclear fusion at scientific “break-even” energies or better within the next few years, have functioned successfully in preliminary tests, according to a Sandia research paper accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters (PRL). To exceed scientific […]