Berkeley Lab

BELLA People: Eric Esarey

ehesarey_145pxEric Esarey
Senior Science Advisor, Applied Physics and Accelerator Technology Division
Deputy Director, BELLA Center
1 Cyclotron Road, MS 71-259
Berkeley CA 94720
telephone: 510-486-5925
EHEsarey@lbl.gov

Ph.D., Plasma Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986

B.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 1981

Eric Esarey, who joined LBNL in 1998, is the Senior Science Advisor to the Applied Physics and Accelerator Technologies Division and the Deputy Director of the BELLA Center at LBNL. He received the Ph.D. in plasma physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986 and the B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1981. As chief theoretician, Dr. Esarey is in charge of the theory and computational effort of the BELLA Program, working closely with and providing support and guidance to the experimental effort.

He has published over 170 refereed journal articles (over 12,000 citations, h-index of 56) on intense laser interactions with electron beams and plasmas, advanced acceleration concepts, novel radiation sources, and related fields. He is a recipient of the 2010 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research from the American Physical Society, has twice received the Alan Berman Research Publication Award of the Naval Research Laboratory,and holds two patents. He has served on numerous committees, including the Maxwell Prize Committee of the Division of Plasma Physics of the APS and the Fellowship Committee of the Division of the Physics of Beams of the APS. Dr. Esarey was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996.

Professional experience

2014-Present: Senior Science Advisor, Applied Physics and Accelerator Technologies Division, LBNL

2014-Present: Deputy Director, Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center, LBNL

2004-2010: Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno

2003-2014: Senior Staff Scientist, LOASIS Program, LBNL

2000-2014: Deputy Leader, LOASIS Group, Center for Beam Physics, LBNL

1998-2003: Staff Physicist, Center for Beam Physics, LBNL

1988-1998: Research Physicist, Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory

1986-1988: Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT and Berkeley Research Associates

Awards

  • 2010: APS John M. Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research
    “For experiments and theory leading to the demonstration of high-quality electron beams from laser-plasma accelerators.”
  • 2007: Outstanding Performance Award, LBNL.
  • 2005: Outstanding Performance Award, LBNL.
  • 1997: Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory.
  • 1996: Fellow of the American Physical Society
    “In recognition of his seminal scientific contributions to the physics of intense laser-plasma interaction”
  • 1992: Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory.

Selected publications

Esarey, E., C.B. Schroeder, and W.P. Leemans, “Physics of laser-driven plasma-based electron accelerators,” Reviews of Modern Physics 81, 1229 (2009).

Leemans, W.P., and E. Esarey, “Laser-driven plasma-wave electron accelerators,” Physics Today 62 (2009), pp. 44-49.

W.P. Leemans, B. Nagler, A.J. Gonsalves, Cs. Toth, K. Nakamura,3, C.G.R. Geddes, E. Esarey, C.B. Schroeder, and S.M. Hooker, “GeV electron beams from a centimetre-scale accelerator,” Nature Physics 2, pp. 696-699 (2006); LBNL-60105.

C.G.R. Geddes, Cs. Toth, J. van Tilborg, E. Esarey, C.B. Schroeder, D. Bruhwiler, C. Nieter, J. Cary, W.P. Leemans,”High-quality electron beams from a laser wakefield accelerator using plasma-channel guiding,” Nature 431 (2004), pp. 538-541; LBNL-55732.

Esarey, E., P. Sprangle, J. Krall, and A. Ting, “Overview of Plasma-Based Accelerator Concepts” (invited review), IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science PS-24 (1996), pp. 252-288.