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Graduate Student Seminar - 11/12/2010

"High Intensity Laser Interactions with Optically Trapped Nanoparticles"

by Jennifer Elle

Friday, November 12, 2010 -- 12:00 p.m.
Large Conference Room, 1207 Energy Research Facility

Advisor:  Professor Howard Milchberg

Inertial confinement fusion is one of two fusion schemes the United States has decided to invest heavily in as a prospective power generation method through the National Ignition Facility (NIF). We consider a simpler scheme using a single high intensity laser interacting with a nanoparticle. To study the laser-nanoparticle interaction, it is necessary to build an optical trap in vacuum designed for less than micron particles, which has not been done before. I will discuss our fusion idea and describe optical traps in general and some of the specific problems we need to overcome to construct our optical trap.

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