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Jack S. Shlachter

Jack Shlachter

Phone (505) 665-1888


  • Accelerators and Electrodynamics
  • Plasma physics
  • High Energy Density Plasmas and Fluids
  • High energy density physics (HED)
  • Magneto inertial fusion (MIF)
  • Materials
  • Materials behavior in extreme environments,
  • Dynamic loading


Core team member for the proposed Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) facility - Fission-Fusion materials Facility and Theory, Modeling and Computation focal areas   Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization and International CTBT efforts


Doctor of Philosophy in Physics; University of California at San Diego; La Jolla, California; March 1982. Bachelor of Science in Physics (with honors); California Institute of Technology; Pasadena, California; June 1975.


LANL Positions

Deputy Division Leader, Theoretical Division, June 2010 - present Deputy Division Leader, Materials Science and Technology Division (Acting), February 2010 - June 2010 Board Chair for Fission Fusion Facility Pillar of MaRIE, March 2009 - present Member of Experimental Physical Sciences Directorate Operations Team, February 2009 - February 2010 Coordinator of International Data Centre (IDC) Division, January 2008 - February 2009 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, Vienna, Austria Division Leader Physics Division, January 2004 – January 2008 Deputy Division Leader Physics Division, October 2002 - January 2004 Group Leader Hydrodynamics and X-Ray Physics Group, September 1999 - October 2002 Deputy Group Leader Hydrodynamics and X-Ray Physics Group, October 1996 - September 1999 Chief Project Physicist Atlas Pulsed Power Facility Project, February 1995 - October 1996 Team Leader/Section Leader, February 1991 - February 1992 High Energy Density Physics Group, October 1994 - January 1996 Controlled Thermonuclear Research Division, February 1992 - October 1994 (and Physics Division following dissolution of CTR) Technical Staff Member June 1987 – February 1991 Technical Staff Member International Nuclear Information System Section, September 1985 - June 1987 Technical Staff Member Controlled Thermonuclear Research Division, March 1982 - September 1985



“Instability growth in magnetically imploded high- conductivity cylindrical liners with material strength.” Reinovsky, R.E., et. al., IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science; Oct 2002; v. 30, no. 5, pt. 1, p. 1764-1776.   “Experimental measurements of a converging flux conserver suitable for compressing a field reversed configuration  for magnetized target fusion.”              Intrator, T., et. al., Nuclear Fusion; Feb 2002; v. 42, no. 2, p. 211-222.   “Material science experiments on the Atlas facility.” Keinigs, R.K., et. al., Pulsed Power Plasma Science 2001, Vols. I and II, Digest of Technical Papers; 2001; p. 356-360.   “Comparative behavior of Ti and 304 stainless steel in a magnetically-driven implosion at the Pegasus-II facility.” Stokes, J.L., et. al., Fundamental Issues and Applications of Shock-Wave and High-Strain-Rate Phenomena, Proceedings; 2001; p. 585-592.   “Implosion of solid liner for compression of field reversed configuration.” Degnan, J.H., et. al., IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science; Feb 2001; v. 29, no. 1, p. 93-98.   “The Atlas high-energy density physics project.” Davis, H.A., et. al., Japanese Journal of Applied Physics Part 1-Regular Papers Short Notes & Review Papers; Feb 2001; v. 40, no. 2B, p. 930-934.   “Measurements of Solid Liner Implosion for Magnetized Target Fusion.” Siemon, R.E., et. al., IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, Sorrento (IT), Oct 4-10, 2000.     “The Atlas project-a new pulsed power facility for high energy density physics experiments.” Parsons, W.M. et. al., IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, April 1997, v. 25, no. 2, p. 205-11.     “Computational and experimental investigation of  magnetized target fusion.” Sheehey, P.T., et. al., Fusion Technology , v. 30, no. 3, pt. 2b) p. 1355-1359, Dec 1996.      “Instability heating of a solid fiber Z-pinch.” Riley, R., et. al., Physics of Plasmas , v. 3, no. 4, p. 1314-1323, Apr 1996.     “Target plasma formation for magnetic compression magnetized target fusion.” Lindemuth, I.R., et. al., Physical Review Letters, 4 Sep 1995, v. 75, no. 10, p. 1953-6.     “2-Dimensional direct simulation of deuterium-fiber- initiated Z-pinches with detailed comparison to  experiment.” Sheehey, P., et. al., Physics of Fluids B-Plasma Physics, v. 4, no. 11, p. 3698- 3706, Nov 1992.   “Optical diagnostics on dense Z-pinch plasmas.” Riley, R.A., et. al., Review of Scientific Instruments, v. 63, no. 10, pt.2), p. 5202-5204, Oct 1992.      “Solid D2 fiber experiments on HDZP-II.” Shlachter, J.S., et. al., 17th European Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Heating, 25-29 June 1990, Amsterdam, Netherlands Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Nov. 1990, v. 32,  no. 11, p. 1073-8.      “Production of solid D2 threads for dense Z-pinch plasmas.”                                                                         Grilly, E.R., et. al., Review of Scientific Instruments, v. 56, no. 10, p. 1885-1887, 1985.   “Recent results on dense Z pinches.” Hammel, J.E., et. al., Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research, v. 207, no.1-2, p. 161-168, 1983.