Hector A. Baldis

Hector A. Baldis

Professor, Vice-Chair of Applied Science
Chair, Optical Science and Engineering Program

Visiting Senior Scientist
Laboratory for Laser Energetics
University of Rochester. NY

Contact Information:

Office: 3011 Engineering III

Brief Biography

Fellow of the American Physical Society (1983)

1996 – 2003
Director Institute for Laser Science and Applications (ILSA)
Physics and Advanced Technologies
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
1993 – 1996
Director Adjoint
Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation des Lasers Intenses, (LULI)
Ecole Polytechnique, France
1991 – 1993
Group Leader for Plasma Physics
ICF Program Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
1975 – 1991
Program Leader for Laser Plasma Physics
National Research Council, Canada
1973 – 1975
Assistant Professor
INRS–Energie, Universite du Quebec

Research Focus

  • High Intensity laser-Plasma Physics
  • Optical and X-ray Plasma diagnostics
  • Optical System Design

Research Interests

  • High Energy Density Plasma Physics
  • Laser Plasma Interactions in ICF Conditions
  • High Temperature Radiation Sources
  • Advance High Temperature Plasma Diagnostics
  • Diffraction Optics for High Intensity Laser Applications

Typical Recent Refereed Publications:

J.S.T. Ng, P. Chen, H.A. Baldis, et al., “Observation of Plasma Focusing of a 28.5 GeV Positron Beam”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 87, 244801 (2001)
J. Fuchs, C. Labaune, H. Bandulet, P. Michel, S. Depierreux, and H.A. Baldis, “Drastic Reduction of the Coherence Time of an Intense Laser Beam after Propagation Through a Preformed Plasma”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 88, 195003 (2002)
H.A. Baldis, J. Dunn, M.E. Foord, and W. Rozmus, “Thomson Scattering Diagnostic of Solid Density Plasmas using X-ray Lasers “, Rev. Scien. Instr., 73, 4223 (2002)
W. Seka, H.A. Baldis, J. Fuch, et al., “Multiplebeam Stimulated Brillouin Scattering from hot solid target plasmas”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 89, 175002 (2002)
R.W. Lee, H.A. Baldis, R.C. Cable, et al., “Plasma-based Studies with Intense X-Ray and Particle Beam Sources”, Laser and Particle Beams, 20, 527 (2002)
R.W. Lee, S.J. Moon, W. Rozmus, H.A. Baldis, et al., “Finite Temperature Dense Matter Studies on Next Generation Light Sources”, J. Optical Soc. Am., 20, 770 (2003)
C. Stoeckel, et al., “Multibeam Effects on Fast-electron Generation from Two-plasmon-deacay Instability”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 235002 (2003)
H.C. Bandulet, C. Labaune, J. Fuchs, P. Michel, J. Myatt, S. Depierreux, and H.A. Baldis,“Observation of Ion Acoustic Waves Associated with Plasma-induced Incoherence of Laser Beams Using Thomson Scattering”, Phys. Rev. E. 68, 056405 (2003)
P.Michel, et al, “Reduction of the Spatial Degree of Coherence of a Laser Beam Propagating Through a Preformed Plasma”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 175001 (2004).
D. E. Hinkel, M.B. Schneider, H.A. Baldis et al, “Laser Coupling to Reduced-Scale Hohlraum Targets at the Early Light Program of the National Ignition Facility”, Phys. Plasmas 12, 056305 (2005).
D.E. Hinkel, M.B. Schneider, B.K. Young, H.A. Baldis, et al., “Laser coupling to reduced scale targets at NIF early light”, J. Phys. IV, 133, 237 241, (2006).
C.G. Constantin, H.A. Baldis, M.B. Schneider, D.E. Hinkel, et al., “Laser plasma interactions in high energy density plasmas”, J. Phys. IV, 133, 243 246, (2006).
M.B. Schneider, D.E. Hinkel, O.L. Landen, H.A. Baldis, et al., “Plasma filling in reduced scale hohlraums irradiated with multiple beam cones”, Phys. Plasmas, 13, 112701, (2006).
M.B. Schneider, D.E. Hinkel, B.K. Young, H.A. Baldis, et al., “X-ray Flux and X-ray Burnthrough Experiments on Reduced-scale Targets at the NIF and OMEGA Lasers”, J.Phys. IV, 133, 1205-1208 (2006)
Schneider, M.B., D.E. Hinkel, S.J. Moon, H.A. Baldis ,et al., “Development of a Thermal X-radiation Source Using “Hot” Hohlraums”, High Energy Density Physics, 3, 256 (2007)
W. Seka, et al., ” Two-plasmon-decay instability in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion experiments”, Phys. Plasmas, 16 052701 (2009)

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