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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:
S. Gail Glendinning received her B.A. in experimental physics from Middlebury College in 1973 and her Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from Duke University in 1980. Following post-doctoral work at Duke, she worked for the nuclear fuels division of General Electric in Wilmington, NC and San Jose, CA, designing monitoring systems for low-level radioactive waste. She joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Inertial Confinement Fusion program in 1985. Her work on ICF has focused on the study of hydrodynamic instabilities in planar systems using both direct and hohlraum drive. Currently she is continuing research in hydrodynamic instabilities and conducting a series of experiments examining hohlraum drive symmetry.