LPS Colloquium on Plasma Science & Application featuring Dr. John W. Luginsland

Broadband OPA Technology for Ultrashort and Incoherent Laser Pulses

Dr. John.W. Luginsland
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Program Officer for High-energy Radiation Matter Systems (HERMeS)

High-power sources of coherent electromagnetic energy over frequencies ranging from the high-frequency (HF) to the sub-teraHertz bands have a variety of applications in both national security and scientific avenues from ionospheric heaters, fusion device heaters, radars, remote sensing, communications, electronic warfare, and directed energy. This talk will discuss the technology of pulsed power, cathodes, and intense relativistic electron beams (IREB) and the beam wave interaction of IREB with high-power, nonlinear electromagnetic fields for next-generation high-power electromagnetic (HPEM) devices.

Host: Gennady Shvets

Open talk with students – 120 Physical Sciences Building , 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Join us for a reception before the talk from 3:45 until 4:15 p.m.

About the speaker: Dr. John W. Luginsland is a principle physical scientist at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AROSR) in Arlington, Virginia, and also serves as the program officer for High Energy Radiation-Matter Systems. Previously, he also was the acting branch chief for the Physical and Biological Sciences Branch in 2022. He chairs the Directed Energy Working Group at AFOSR, and is a member of AFOSR’s Chief Scientist Technical Advisory Committee. He has extensive previous experience in government service, working in various roles since 2009 for AFOSR SAF/AQR, and the AFRL Directed Energy Directorate. Dr. Luginsland has industrial experience at Confluent Sciences, LLC, NumerEx, LLC, and Science Applications International Corporation as well as academic experience as a professor at Michigan State University in the Departments of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Additionally, he was an elected Chair of the IEEE’s Plasma Science and Applications Committee, a past member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG), and served as co-chair on a National Academy consensus study “Powering the Army of the Future.” He is a fellow of the IEEE and the Air Force Research Laboratory, and received the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society’s Early Achievement Award. He received his Ph.D., MSE, and BSE from the University of Michigan in Nuclear Engineering.

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