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"For generating Weibel-mediated collisionless shocks in the laboratory, impacting a broad range of energetic astrophysical scenarios, plasma physics, and experiments using high energy and high power lasers conducted at basic plasma science facilities."Background:
James “Steven" Ross is the Optical Diagnostic and Measurement Science Group leader in the NIF HED S&T organization at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and co-lead of the National Diagnostic Working Group. Steven received a B.A. in Physics from Pomona College in 2003 and a PhD in 2010 from the University of California, San Diego, in Engineering Physics. His thesis work focused on relativistic effects in collective Thomson scattering at electron temperatures less than 1 keV. He joined LLNL as a Lawrence Scholar graduate student in 2004 and became a full-time staff member in 2013. His research has focuses on understanding high temperature plasma interactions relevant to laboratory astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion hohlraum plasmas.