Astronaut to keynote at Marketplace Seminar

Oct. 1, 2009
NASHUA, NH—Former NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Wisoff will give the keynote address at the 2010 Lasers and Photonics Marketplace Seminar in San Francisco, CA (www.marketplaceseminar.com).

NASHUA, NH—Former NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Wisoff will give the keynote address at the 2010 Lasers and Photonics Marketplace Seminar in San Francisco, CA (www.marketplaceseminar.com). Wisoff will discuss the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Early this year, NIF passed the criteria set in 1997 for commissioning—installation of all 192 beams, with 96 of them together generating 500 kJ in the ultraviolet. Now that NIF is operational it’s being prepared to begin ignition experiments with the goal of demonstrating laser-driven inertial confinement fusion ignition and fusion energy gain in the laboratory for the first time. In his talk, Wisoff, who is NIF’s deputy principal associate director, will describe how NIF works and its important missions in national security, energy security, and basic science.

The laser and optics industry has played a significant role in the construction of NIF. “Now that NIF is ready to ramp up the power it should be interesting for our industry to hear from an insider about how the facility will be used,” said Tom Hausken, analyst at Strategies Unlimited (Mountain View, CA) and one of the conference organizers.

According to Ed Moses, principal associate director of Livermore for NIF, the facility should reach its full 1.8 MJ output in about a year and fire 250 shots in fiscal 2010, reaching 700 shots a year in 2012. By then Moses hopes to have demonstrated ignition as well.

Hosted by Laser Focus World, Strategies Unlimited, and Industrial Laser Solutions, the Lasers and Photonics Marketplace Seminar will be held January 25, 2010 in San Francisco in conjunction with Photonics West. The annual seminar provides the only applications-oriented review of global laser markets coupled with business and technology trends focused on the optoelectronics and photonics markets. For more information, go to www.marketplaceseminar.com.

About the Author

Stephen G. Anderson | Director, Industry Development - SPIE

 Stephen Anderson is a photonics industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved with lasers and photonics for more than 30 years. As Director, Industry Development at SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – he is responsible for tracking the photonics industry markets and technology to help define long-term strategy, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industry activities. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Laser Focus World and chaired the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.    

Sponsored Recommendations

Request a free Micro 3D Printed sample part

April 11, 2024
The best way to understand the part quality we can achieve is by seeing it first-hand. Request a free 3D printed high-precision sample part.

How to Tune Servo Systems: The Basics

April 10, 2024
Learn how to tune a servo system using frequency-based tools to meet system specifications by watching our webinar!

Motion Scan and Data Collection Methods for Electro-Optic System Testing

April 10, 2024
Learn how different scanning patterns and approaches can be used in measuring an electro-optic sensor performance, by reading our whitepaper here!

How Precision Motion Systems are Shaping the Future of Semiconductor Manufacturing

March 28, 2024
This article highlights the pivotal role precision motion systems play in supporting the latest semiconductor manufacturing trends.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Laser Focus World, create an account today!