Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Diana VanBlarcom

Research Staff
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-422-2081

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Chemical Engineering
The Ohio State University

Research Interests

I am a chemical engineer supporting Optics Processing for NIF & Photon Science. I research cleaning, etching, and coating processes to improve the laser damage threshold of NIF final optics. I use ellipsometry to better understand how sol-gel coatings age in vacuum. I develop surface treatment protocols to improve the performance and reliability of fiber lasers.

Honors and Awards

  • R&D 100 Award Finalist, Laser Damage Resistant Anti-Reflection Grating Debris Shield (AR-GDS), 2017
  • Director’s S&T Award, High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS) milestone, 2017
  • NIF & Photon Science Awards, 5 awards, 2013–2017
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2007–2010
  • Thrust 2000 Fellowship, University of Texas, 2006–2010

Selected Publications

Diana VanBlarcom, Derrek (Reggie) Drachenberg, Marcus Monticelli, Gabriel Davalos, Steve Davis, Nick Schenkel, Matt Cook, Parker Crist, Phil Miller, Michael Messerly, Jay Dawson, and Tayyab Suratwala, Novel AMP surface treatment for improving laser optical fiber strength and laser gain, Boulder Laser Damage Symposium, Paper 10805-69, September 2018.

Bude, J., Carr, C. W., Miller, P. E., Parham, T., Whitman, P., Monticelli, M., Raman, R., Cross, D., Welday, B., Ravizza, F., Suratwala, T., Davis, J., Fischer, M., Hawley, R., Lee, H., Matthews, M., Norton, M., Nostrand, M., VanBlarcom, D., Sommer, S., Particle damage sources for fused silica optics and their mitigation on high energy laser systems, Optics Express 25 (10), 11414 (2017).

S. Elhadj, W.A. Steel, D.S. VanBlarcom, R.A. Hawley, K.I. Schaffers, and P. Geraghty, Scalable process for the mitigation of laser-damaged potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystal optic surfaces with effective removal of the damaged antireflective coating, Applied Optics 56 (8) 2217 (2017).

Diana VanBlarcom, Marcus Monticelli, Gabriel Davalos, Phil Miller, David Cross, and C. Wren Carr, Damage Performance of Sol-gel Anti-reflective Coatings for the National Ignition Facility, Optical Interference Coatings, WD.10 (2016).

N.A. Peppas and D.S. Van Blarcom, Hydrogel-based biosensors and sensing devices for drug delivery, Journal of Controlled Release 240, 142 (2016).

D.S. VanBlarcom and N.A. Peppas, Microcantilever sensing arrays from biodegradable, pH-responsive hydrogels, Biomedical Microdevices 13 (5), 829 (2011).

D.K. Snelling. Biodegradable Microdevices for Biological Detection and Smart Therapy (Dissertation). The University of Texas at Austin, May 2010.

D.K. Snelling and J.L. Zakin, Surfactant drag reduction using mixed counterions (Undergraduate honors thesis). The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 2006.

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