Vladimir Smalyuk
Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

July 2018

Alumni Focus

Vladimir Smalyuk was born in a village of Sudilkov, Khmelnitsky region, Ukraine, former USSR on March 6, 1967. He attended the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology from 1984 to 1990, and received a Master of Science degree in physics in 1990. He worked as a Research Engineer at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy from 1990 to 1993. He came to the University of Rochester in the Fall of 1993 as a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department and received an LLE Fellowship from 1993–1998. Smalyuk pursued his research in the experimental investigations of Rayleigh–Taylor instability at inertial confinement fusion (ICF) relevant conditions under the direction of Professor David Meyerhofer and received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1999. He continued working at LLE as a Research Associate, Scientist, and Senior Scientist until 2009, when he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Smalyuk's research focuses on implosion capsule physics and hydrodynamic instabilities in ICF and high-energy–density (HED) plasmas. He has designed and conducted hydrodynamic instability experiments in planar and spherical geometry in acceleration and deceleration phases of ICF implosions. He also has studied linear, nonlinear, and turbulent-mixing regimes using x-ray imaging, spectroscopic, and particle diagnostics and has designed imaging diagnostics for hydrodynamic and implosion experiments.

In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics for "seminal contributions to the understanding of hydrodynamic instabilities in inertial confinement fusion using elegant experiments on OMEGA and the NIF."