Talk #105, 8/31/16

The National Ignition Facility: An Unexpected Journey

Michael Campbell, PhD
Deputy Director and Chief Scientist
Laboratory for Laser Energetics
University of Rochester


Developing the mission, science, technology and support for projects of scale is a demanding and multifaceted enterprise. There are many lessons to be learned from the National Ignition Facility (NIF) experience that can be applied in the quest to secure any future large-scale facility. The presentation will include a historical perspective on Inertial Confinement Fusion Research (ICF) at LLNL and Stockpile Stewardship program that motivated NIF, the scientific and political strategy that ultimately secured the Facility, and perspectives on the future of Inertial Confinement Fusion Research.

Dr. Campbell’s presentation can be found at the following link:

NIF: An Unexpected Journey