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Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society

Distinguished Lectures

Dr. Peter J. Turchi

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Lectures

Plasma and Megagauss Fields

Megagauss magnetic fields interact with plasma both in the generation of high energy-density states of matter and in the use of magnetized plasma in multi-megampere pulsed power devices. The presentation provides a brief theoretical framework, in the limits of high magnetic Reynolds number and high magnetic pressure compared to plasma pressure, for subsequent discussions of several applications. These applications include imploding plasma liners, the Plasma Flow Switch and Radiator, and controlled thermonuclear fusion. We consider issues of energy transport, surface interactions, stability, and technology choices.

About

Education

1967 Bachelor of science in engineering, aerospace and mechanical sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
1969 Master of arts, aerospace and mechanical sciences, Princeton University.
1970 Doctor of philosophy, aerospace and mechanical sciences, Princeton University.

Work Experience

1963–1970, research associate, Princeton Plasma Propulsion Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
1970–1972, laboratory plasma physicist, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
1972–1980, group leader, Imploding Liner Group, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.
1976–1980, chief, Plasma Technology Branch, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.
1980–1989, senior scientist, R&D Associates, Inc., Arlington, Virginia.
1981–1989, director, RDA Washington Research Laboratory, Alexandria, Virginia.
1988, adjunct professor of aerospace engineering; 1999–2002; The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
1989–1999, professor of aerospace engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
1996–1997, visiting chief scientist for Advanced Weapons and Survivability, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
1999–2001, team and project leader for hydrodynamics and pulsed power science; 2005-present, team leader; Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico.
2002–2005, senior scientist for high power microwaves and pulsed power, Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Areas of Expertise

Pulsed power, electric rocket propulsion, high-energy density physics, high magnetic fields, gas dynamics, plasma dynamics, aerospace engineering, directed energy, thermonuclear fusion.

Professional Affiliations and Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; President, Electric Rocket Propulsion Society; Chair, numerous national and international technical conferences; IEEE Erwin Marx Award for Outstanding Contributions to Pulsed Power Science and Technology; Air Force and Navy Invention Awards.

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