Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Chris Barty

Chief Technology Officer
NIF & Photon Science

Dr. C.P.J. (Chris) Barty is the chief technology officer for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His academic background includes PhD and M.S. degrees in applied physics from Stanford University and B.S. degrees, each with honors, in chemistry, physics, and chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his pioneering contributions to the advancement of ultrahigh intensity laser science and to the development of laser-based x-ray and gamma-ray science. He also was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering work on intense short-pulse lasers and x-ray applications; a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his contributions to high-power lasers and laser-based gamma-ray sources; and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to ultrahigh intensity lasers and the advancement of x-ray and gamma-ray science. He won the 2016 SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award for his work on ultrafast lasers and laser-based x-ray and gamma-ray science. He currently is the chair of the International Committee on Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers (ICUIL). He has published more than 200 manuscripts and presented more than 200 invited talks, spanning topics in lasers, optics, materials science, nuclear science, medicine, chemistry, engineering, and physics.