Breakfast Lecture Series: Franklin Dollar

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:30am

Bringing Moore’s Law to Lawrence’s Device: Miniaturizing the Particle Accelerator

Society has benefited tremendously from the rapid miniaturization of the transistor, to where describing modern nanoscale devices necessitates new physics models and theories. Through the use of high power, short pulse lasers (a technology which warranted the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics), an analogous revolution is occurring in advanced accelerators. Intense laser interactions have been shown to generate beams on some of the fastest timescales and the smallest length scales. A glimpse of a future where particle accelerators are as ubiquitous as transistors will be shown. 

Franklin is a California native, a member of the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians, and a faculty member in the Physics & Astronomy Department at UCI. His research interests involve laser plasma interactions with ultrafast laser systems, performing high intensity laser experiments with near and above critical density plasmas for tabletop particle acceleration and the generation of soft and hard x-rays; and the simulation of such experiments using numerical modeling. He is involved in numerous education and outreach efforts for underrepresented students in STEM fields, with a particular focus on American Indians. 

Dollar received a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkeley, then obtained an M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He has numerous recognitions for his work both in science and outreach, including the John Dawson Thesis Prize, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Most Promising Scientist Award, and is a Sloan Research Fellow. He is an education lead for the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology center STROBE.

January 29, 2019 I UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom D
Breakfast 7:30 am I Lecture 8:00 am - 9:00 am 

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