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Video: Edward Moses on progress at the National Ignition Facility

Now engaged in a series of shots that will lead up to conducting full-scale ignition experiments as part of the National Ignition Campaign, the NIF is nearing its objective, says its director.

29 October 2010, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201010.04

SPIE Fellow Ed Moses has 18 years of experience developing Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) laser systems and 30 years of experience developing and managing complex laser systems and high-technology projects. As associate director (AD) for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Program from 2005 to 2007, and now as principal associate director for the NIF & Photon Science Directorate, he is responsible for completing construction and bringing into full operation the world's largest optical instrument for achieving ignition in the laboratory and for studying inertial fusion energy. Moses joined Lawrence Livermore in 1980, becoming program leader for Isotope Separation and Material Processing, and deputy AD for Lasers. From 1990 to 1995, he was a founding partner of Advanced Technology Applications, which advised clients on proposing on and designing high-technology projects. He returned to LLNL in 1995 as assistant AD for program development, Physics and Space Technology.

Moses received his bachelor's degree and doctorate from Cornell University in New York. He has won numerous awards, including the 2003 NNSA Award of Excellence for Significant Contribution to Stockpile Stewardship, the 2004 DOE Award of Excellence for the fi rst joint LLNL/Los Alamos National Laboratory experiments on NIF, and the D.S. Rozhdestvensky Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Lasers and Optical Sciences. He holds seven patents in laser technology and computational physics.

Moses reported on NIF progress as of August 2010 for SPIE Newsroom at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2010, before his plenary presentation on the National Ignition Facility.

The Building of the National Ignition Facility presentation from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2010

Ed Moses/National Ignition Facility video podcast (MP4) | QuickTime video

National Ignition Facility website: https://lasers.llnl.gov/