Press Releases

2024: UCLA Newsroom: "...UCLA has joined a recently announced $42 million program funded by the Department of Energy to advance inertial fusion energy research" .

2023: Division of Physical Sciences: ..."UCLA Joins Consortium of the Nation’s Best Large Laser Facilities" and UCLA Newsroom: ..."UCLA joins consortium of nation’s high-power laser facilities" announce the PHOENIX Laser Lab inclusion in the LaserNetUS program. (More info about the LaserNetUS here.)

2023: Instruments 7(3): Features our "Two-Dimensional Thomson Scattering in Laser-Produced Plasmas" (see image below).


2022: AIP News (April12, 2022): "Modeling Earth’s Magnetosphere in the Laboratory", a collaborative project between Princeton, UCLA, and Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal.

2022: Instruments 6(2): Features our "First Results from the Thomson Scattering Diagnostic on the Large Plasma Device" (image below).


2020: John Dawson Award to Professor Christoph Niemann for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research.

2015: EOS Science News by AGU: "Scientists create collisionless shock waves to better understand the phenomenon in nature.".

2014: Geophysical Research Letters (Vol. 41, Issue 21): First observation of collisionless shocks generated by an energetic laser in a laboratory environment, featured on the cover of the journal (image on the right).

2011: Photons and Fusion Newsletter (October, 2011): "A new mission for the Peening Laser".



    G. Gregori, A. Ravasio, C.D. Murphy, K. Schaar, A. Baird, A.R. Bell, A. Benuzzi-Mounaix, R. Bingham, C. Constantin, R.P. Drake, M. Edwards, E.T. Everson, C.D. Gregory, Y. Kuramitsu, W. Lau, J. Mithen, C. Niemann, H.S. Park, B.A. Remington, B. Reville, A.P.L. Robinson, D.D. Ryutov, Y. Sakawa, S. Yang, N.C. Woolsey, M. Koenig, F. Miniati
    Generation of scaled protogalactiv seed magnetic fields in laser-produced shock waves
    Nature 481, 480 (2012)


    A. Pelka, G. Gregori, D. Gericke, J. Vorberger, S. Glenzer, M. Guenther, K. Harres, R. Heathcote, A. Kritcher, N. Kugland, B. Li, M. Makita, J. Mithen , D. Neely, C. Niemann, A. Otten, D. Riley, G. Schaumann, M. Schollmeier, An. Tauschwitz, M. Roth
    Ultrafast Melting of Carbon Induced by Intense Proton Beams
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 265701 (2010)

    J. Moody, P. Datte, K. Krauter, E. Bond, P. Michel, S. Glenzer, L. Divol, C. Niemann, L. Suter, N. Meezan, B. McGowan, R. Hibbard, R. London, J. Kilkenny, R. Wallace, J. Kline, K. Knittel, G. Frieders, B. Golick, G. Ross, K. Widmann, J. Jackson, S. Vernon, T. Clancy
    Backscatter measurements from NIF ignition targets
    Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D921 (2010)


    M. Roth, I. Alber, V. Bagnoud, C. Brown, R. Clarke, H. Daido, J. Fernandez, K. Flippo, S. Gaillard, C. Gauthier, M. Geissel, S. Glenzer, G. Gregori, M. Gunther, K. Harres, R. Heathcote, A. Kritcher, N. Kugland, S. LePape, B. Li, M. Makita, J. Mithen, C. Niemann, F. Nurnberg, D. Offermann, A. Otten, A. Pelka, D. Riley, G. Schaumann, M. Schollmeier, J. Schutrumpf, M. Tampo, A. Tauchwitz, An. Tauschwitz
    Proton acceleration experiments and warm dense matter research using high power lasers
    Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 51(12), 124039 (2009)


    M. Schneider, D. Hinkel, S. Moon, S. Hansen, H. Baldis, C. Austrheim-Smith, G. Brown, K. Campbell, H.-K. Chung, K. Cone, C. Constantin, V.Yu. Glebov, J. Holder, G. Holland, D. James, A. Langdon, R. Lee, M. May, S. Roberts, J. Schein, J. Seely, W. Seka, R. Shepherd, M. Singh, C. Sorce, R. Turner, F. Weber, K. Widmann, B. Young
    Development of a thermal X-radiation source using "hot" hohlraums
    High Energy Density Physics 3, 256 (2007)

    S. H. Glenzer, D. H. Froula, L. Divol, M. Dorr, R. L. Berger, S. Dixit, B. A. Hammel, C. Haynam, J. A. Hittinger, J. P. Holder, O. S. Jones, D. H. Kalantar, O. L. Landen, A. B. Langdon, S. Langer, B. J. MacGowan, A. J. Mackinnon, N. Meezan, E. I. Moses, C. Niemann, C. H. Still, L. J. Suter, R. J. Wallace, E. A. Williams, B. K. F. Young
    Experiments and multiscale simulations of laser propagation through ignition-scale plasmas
    Nature Physics, 3, 716 (2007)


PHD Theses

Reports. Mini-theses.

    Rey Lopez, Development of a pulsed magnetic coil, Center for Academic and Research Excellence Progress Report (2010)

    Wesley Yeh, Design of a programmable logic controller based laser-safety interlock, Mini Research Report (2006)

“It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.”

- Richard P. Feynman.