Dayne Fratanduono
Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

September 2018

Alumni Focus

Dayne Fratanduono received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Physics with Great Distinction from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY in 2006 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2008 and 2010, respectively. At the University of Rochester he was awarded the prestigious Sproull Fellowship from the fall of 2006 until the fall of 2008. He received the Horton fellowship over the remainder of this time at the University. His thesis was performed at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics under the direction of Dr. D. D. Meyerhofer and Dr. T. R. Boehly and examined The Index of Refraction of Lithium Fluoride at Pressures in Excess of 100 GPa using experiments on the OMEGA Laser System. He joined the Shock Physics group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in January 2011, where his research includes optical properties of transparent crystals, equation-of-state studies using isentropic compression, heat-transfer properties under dynamic compression, and phase transitions in shock and ramp compression. Among the 53 papers Dr. Fratanduono has authored or co-authored in the last few years are two recent works of great interest to the planetary physics community: a paper on the equation of state of iron under core conditions of large rocky exoplanets [R. F. Smith et al., Nat. Astron. 2, 452 (2018)] and a paper presenting experimental evidence for superionic ice using shock compression [M. Millot et al., Nat. Phys. 14, 297 (2018)]. The former work was conducted at the National Ignition Facility under the Science Use of NIF Program while the latter was carried out using the OMEGA Laser System under the LLE Laboratory Basic Science program.