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Igor Jovanovic

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School of Nuclear Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Igor Jovanovic joined Purdue faculty in 2007 after 5 years as a staff physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he conducted basic and applied research in two broad areas: high-power intense laser science and technology and advanced nuclear radiation detection. As a part of the National Ignition Facility Directorate at LLNL he developed important novel laser technology for use in energy production by inertial confinement fusion, high-energy density physics and high-field science. He started and commissioned the High-Energy Petawatt Advanced Concepts Laboratory to develop nonlinear amplification and diagnostics techniques for ultrashort laser pulses. While at the Physics Directorate at LLNL, he worked on cutting edge neutrino and neutron detectors for use in nuclear nonproliferation, homeland security, and basic science. At Purdue he conducts research in the area of high-power intense lasers, laser-based radiation sources, and advanced nuclear radiation detectors. He has recently founded the Nuclear Engineering Intense Laser Laboratory (NEILL). Igor Jovanovic authored numerous journal and conference articles, served at committees for several international meetings and more that 10 journals. He holds 5 US patents in the area of high-power laser technology and nonlinear optics. He is a recipient of the 2008 DARPA Young Faculty Award.  

Expertise: Plasma physics and inertial confinement fusion Ultrafast optics Nonlinear optics Femtosecond and attosecond science and technology Technologies for extremes in peak and average power from lasers Advanced photon sources and nuclear photoscience Radiation detector development for nuclear power and nonproliferation Neutrino physics




Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, University of California at Berkeley B.S. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, University of Zagreb


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