Dustin Froula

Prof. Dustin Froula received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California, Davis in 2000 and 2002, respectively. After working as a research scientist at the National Ignition Facility Inertial Confinement Fusion Directorate, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2002–2010), he spent a year on sabbatical at the University of California, Los Angeles where he completed the book, Plasma Scattering of Electromagnetic Radiation: Theory and Measurement Techniques. He then joined the research staff at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) as a Senior Scientist before becoming the Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group Leader in 2011. He received a secondary appointment as an Associate Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department in 2013. In 2007, he received the Department of Energy's Outstanding Mentor Award for his work with undergraduate and graduate students. He was selected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2017 for the “development and application of Thomson scattering to understand thermal transport and the onset of laser–plasma instabilities in indirect and direct-drive fusion experiments.”

Prof. Froula's research interests are in the fields of Experimental Plasma and Laser Physics. His research covers the many areas relevant to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high-energy-density physics. This includes laser–plasma interactions (stimulated Brillouin, Raman scattering, two-plasmon decay, cross-beam energy transfer), underdense hydrodynamics, Thomson scattering, laser–plasma acceleration (wakefield acceleration), and short-pulse Raman amplification. His research is currently primarily focused around the OMEGA, OMEGA EP, MTW, OPAL Laser Systems at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and the Jupiter Laser Facility and National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.