Physicist Franklin Dollar Named 2016 Sloan Fellow

Tue, 02/23/2016
Tatiana Arizaga

Assistant Professor Franklin Dollar was selected as 2016 Sloan Fellow, a significant distinction for early career scientists.

Dollar’s research is on the most intense laser interactions with matter. These interactions generate some of the highest electric and magnetic fields in a lab, and are strong enough to instantaneously form a plasma. Manipulating the extreme conditions in this regime can enable tabletop particle accelerators, with potential applications ranging from oncology and medical imaging, to fusion energy science. 

“As the world becomes smaller and faster, the tools we need to understand such systems must also match that rate of progress. This is what my research hopes to achieve with intense laser plasma interactions, a robust burst of radiation that is faster than nearly everything else,” says Dollar. “I am honored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundations commitment to early career faculty and basic research."

Prior to coming to UCI in 2015, Dollar was a Sr. Research Associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He was recognized by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society as the 2015 Most Promising Scientist.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.