Prize Recipient

Charles Peter Verdon
Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester


"For outstanding theoretical work, computational design and analysis, and experimental work leading to quantitative and predictive understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in high energy density plasmas."


Charles P. Verdon received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona. His thesis work was in the area of hydrodynamic instabilities and their effect on Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) target performance. He joined the Laboratory for Laser Energetics located at the University of Rochester in 1979, where he became Director of the Theory Division in 1991 and Deputy Director of the Laboratory in 1994. His present position is that of Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. His primary research interests are in the areas of ICF target implosion physics, with particular emphasis on hydrodynamic instabilities and the development of multi-dimensional hydrodynamic simulation codes for use in ICF and astrophysical research.