Prize Recipient

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Peter Martin Celliers
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


"For an exquisite series of experiments using high intensity lasers to measure the high pressure properties of hydrogen across the molecular insulator to monatomic metal transition."


Dr. Celliers received a BS in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, Canada in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of British Columbia in 1987. His thesis work examined laser driven shock waves in fused silica. In 1988 he worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, in Garching, Germany, studying x-ray conversion in high Z laser-produced plasmas. In 1989 he returned to the University of British Columbia as a research associate to continue research on laser-driven shock waves. From 1992 to 1994 he worked for an industrial firm developing spectrometers for plasma-based analytical instrumentation. In 1994, Dr. Celliers joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a staff scientist where he has worked on a variety of projects including applications of x-ray lasers for plasma probing, and laser-produced x-ray sources for lithography. More recently he has returned to laser-driven shock research for equation of state measurements and other applications in the inertial confinement program. He also is interested in laser-tissue interactions and is actively developing optical and opto-accoustic diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for medical and industrial applications of lasers.

Dr. Celliers is a member of the American Physical Society.

Selection Committee:

Bruce A. Remington (Chair), Charles F. Driscoll, Fred M. Levinton ('97 Recipient), Charles F. Karney (Vice Chair), David A. Hammer