Todd Ditmire


Department of Physics

University of Texas at Austin


Austin, TX  78712                                                                              







-     Ph. D.  Applied Science - 1995

University of California, Davis

Thesis: Soft X-Ray Generation in Gases with an Ultrashort Pulse Laser

-     M. S.  Applied Science - 1993

University of California, Davis

-     B. A. in Physics and Art History, Magna Cum Laude - 1991

Harvard University




-     University of Texas, Austin, TX           

           Professor of Physics - 2005-                      

    Associate Professor of Physics - 2000-2005

        Director of the Texas Center for High Intensity Laser Science,  - 2003-

           a DOE NNSA Stewardship Alliance Center of Excellence


-     Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore CA - 1997-2000

        Project Leader for the Falcon laser project and experiments


-     Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK - 1995-1997

        Post-doctoral research associate in the Laser Consortium, Physics Department.


-     Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory/Dept .of Applied Science (UC Davis), Livermore CA

  Ph. D. graduate thesis research (Thesis advisor: Mike Perry)  - 1991-1995


Current Research Interests


-     High intensity laser technology and petawatt laser development

-     High energy density and strongly coupled plasmas created with short pulse lasers

-     High intensity laser interactions with atomic clusters

-     Fusion in high temperature plasmas produced from intense illumination of cluster gases

-     Short-pulse-laser driven radiative hydrodynamic experiments of relevance to astrophysics

-     Sub-picosecond x-ray generation for probing of materials dynamics under extreme conditions

-     Laser plasma interactions at relativistic intensities

-     MeV x-ray generation from high intensity irradiation of solids




-     Fellow of the American Physical Society 2005

-     Awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash award by the Governor of Indiana 1999

-     Cited in Who’s Who




-     Professional Society Memberships: American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, IEEE LEOS

-     Citizenship:  USA

-     Clearances held:  DOE Q (active),  DoD secret (active)