Brief Overview of the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the NRL Plasma Physics Division

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This talk is a high-level overview of the Naval Research Laboratory organization structure and then highlights some of the activities in the NRL Plasma Physics Division. The technical content of this talk is low.

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  • Date: 06 Nov 2019
  • Time: 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+00:00) Edinburgh
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  • University of Southampton, Highfield Campus
  • Southampton, England
  • United Kingdom SO17 1BJ
  • Building: 6
  • Room Number: 1083

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Frank Hegeler of NPL


Brief Overview of the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the NRL Plasma Physics Division


Dr Frank Hegeler is an Electrical Engineer, Head of the Pulsed Energy Technology Section in the Charged Particle Physics Branch of the Plasma Physics Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in Washington, DC, and Program Manager of the NRL Railgun Project. He received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Fachhochschule Wilhelmshaven, Germany, in 1989, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1991 and 1995, respectively. From June 1995 to March 1997, he was a Visiting Associate Professor with Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan. He then joined the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA, as a Post-Doctoral Researcher from March 1997 to July 1998, and then as a Research Assistant Professor from August 1998 to August 2000. Since September 2000 he has been working in the Plasma Physics Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA, first as a Contractor with Commonwealth Technology, Inc., Alexandria, VA, and then as a US government employee.


Dr Hegeler’s areas of expertise are in directed energy and electromagnetic launcher systems, repetitive pulsed power systems, electron beam pumped lasers, electron beam generation and propagation, high power microwave sources, plasma diagnostics, non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasma reactors, and high voltage dielectric breakdown. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 publications and holds three US patents.


Dr Hegeler is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of APS. His IEEE volunteering services include IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Ad-Com Member at-Large (2018-2021), IEEE NPSS Pulsed Power Science and Technology (PPS&T) Technical Committee Member (2017-2020), International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (IPMHVC) ExCom Chair (since 2018), IPMHVC ExCom Vice Chair (2014-2018), IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Past-President (2016-2017), IEEE TDEI Associate Editor (2007-2017), IEEE DEIS President (2014-2015), IEEE DEIS Vice-President Administrative (2013), IEEE DEIS Membership Chair (2009-2013), IEEE DEIS Vice-President Technical (2012), IPMHVC Publication Chair (2012), IEEE DEIS Ad-Com Member at-Large (2008-2011), and IPMHVC General Chair (2010).