Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Stephen Libby

Physics Division

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Ph.D. Physics
Princeton University
Harvard University

Personal Background

Stephen B. Libby is the Theory and Modeling Group Leader in Physics Division. His current research focuses on high energy density physics and its application to stockpile stewardship, inertial confinement fusion, and short wavelength lasers. This work includes proposals for experiments at the National Ignition Facility currently under construction at LLNL. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1977. He performed postdoctoral work at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at SUNY at Stony Brook, and was subsequently a Research Assistant Professor at Brown University. During this period, he worked on quantum chromodynamics and the theory of the quantum Hall effect. In 1986, he joined A Division at LLNL. Focusing on X-Ray Laser research, he eventually became the Design Group and Program Leader. He was also a Consulting Professor at Stanford University from 1992-1994. Libby is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In addition, he holds a certificate in International Security from Stanford University.

Some representative publications:

S. B. Libby and G. Sterman, "Jet and Lepton Pair Production in High Energy Lepton-Hadron and Hadron-Hadron Scattering," Phys. Rev. D18, (1978) 3252.

H. Levine, S. B. Libby, and A. Pruisken, "Electron Delocalization by a Magnetic Field in Two Dimensions," Phys. Rev. Lett. 51, (1983), 1915.

S. B. Libby, Z. Zou, and R. B. Laughlin, "Non-Abelian Monopoles in the 3 Dimensional Chiral Spin Liquid," Nuclear Physics B348, FS, (1991), 693.

L. B. Da Silva, T. W. Barbee, Jr., R. Cauble, P. Celliers, D. Ciarlo, S. Libby, R. A. London, D. L. Matthews, S. Mrowka, J. C. Moreno, D. Ress, J. E. Trebes, A. Wan, F. Weber, "Electron Density Measurements of High Density Plasmas Using Soft X-Ray Laser Interferometry," Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, (1995), 3991.

E. M. Campbell, N. C. Holmes, S. B. Libby, B. A. Remington, E. Teller, "The Evolution of High Energy Density Physics: from Nuclear Testing to the Superlasers," Lasers and Particle Beams, (1997), 15, No. 4, 607.

R. M. More, T. Kato, S. B. Libby, and G. Faussurier “Atomic Processes in Near Equilibrium Plasmas,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, (2001), 71 (2-6): 505-518.

S. B. Libby, M. Tabak, R. D. Hoffman, M. A. Stoyer, S. W. Haan, S. P. Hatchett, D. P. McNabb, W. E. Ormand, J. Escher, P. Navratil, D. Gogny, M. S. Weiss, M. Mustafa, J. Becker, R. A. Ward, “Prospects for Investigating Unusual Nuclear Reaction Environments Using the National Ignition Facility,” Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications, Monterey, CA, 2003, American Nuclear Society 700313, (2004), pp 935-939.

Edward Teller Centennial Symposium, Modern Physics and the Scientific Legacy of Edward Teller, Livermore, CA, USA, 28 May 2008, World Scientific Books, Singapore, 2010. Edited by Stephen B Libby (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA) & Karl A van Bibber (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Naval Postgraduate School, USA)

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