Prize Recipient

Bob Nagler

Bob Nagler
SLAC National Accelerator Lab


"For creative and novel use of the hard xray free electron laser to isochorically create high density plasmas and accurately measure the ionization potential depression, and for new theory that addresses discrepancies with long standing models and provides stimulus for continued developments."


Bob Nagler received his Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2003, with a dissertation on polarization dynamics in VCSELs and multidimensional quantum key distribution. After graduating, he moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for a post-doctoral position with a Francqui Foundation Fellowship of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation and a Fulbright Fellowship. At LBNL, he worked for three years in the LOASIS group working on guided plasma wakefield accelerators. In 2006 he moved to Oxford University as a Marie Curie Fellow, where he started to work with 4th generation light sources to investigate and create matter in extreme conditions. He moved to Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Facility in 2009, first as a visiting scientist of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, and since 2011 as staff scientist in the Matter in Extreme Conditions department at LCLS.

Selection Committee:

Paul Terry, Chair; Mark Herrmann; Hartmut Zohm; Eric Blackman; Warren Mori