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"For outstanding theoretical work, computational design and analysis, and experimental work leading to quantitative and predictive understanding of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in high energy density plasmas."Background:
Joe Kilkenny received his B.Sc in 1968 and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Imperial College, University of London. He performed experimental research in magnetically-contained plasma, high power and beam research at Imperial College, and laser plasma research at the Rutherford Laboratory and AWE. He became a Reader in 1982. During this time he also worked with high speed diagnostics. In 1984 he moved to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and began work on laser plasma research on Nova. He also worked on hydrodynamic instabilities in laser fusion and high speed x-ray diagnostic development. In 1993 he receive the SPIE Conrady Award for picosecond multi-frame imaging cameras and also an IR 100 Award. Currently he is the Program Leader for ICF Target Physics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.