Dr. Phillip Sprangle Receives IEEE Award

3/7/2008 - 18-08r
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Dr. Phillip Sprangle, Chief Scientist and Head of the Beam Physics Branch in the Plasma Physics Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, has been selected to receive the 2008 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Plasma Science and Applications Award. Dr. Sprangle is cited "for pioneering research in plasma science, advanced accelerators, and advanced radiation sources." The award will be presented at the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) meeting in June 2008 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of plasma science in research or new applications.

Currently, Dr. Sprangle's primary research areas include: atmospheric propagation of high-energy laser beams, free electron lasers, high-power fiber lasers for directed energy applications, ultra-short pulse laser matter interaction, and stand-off detection of chemicals and special nuclear materials using ultra-short pulse lasers.

Dr. Sprangle received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Cornell University in 1973. He joined the NRL Plasma Physics Division in 1974, and in 1979 became head of the Plasma Theory Branch. In 1988 he was appointed to one of the first Scientific and Technical (ST) positions at NRL. Shortly after receiving the ST position he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1990 and in 2006 to an NP-V Research Physicist position.

Dr. Sprangle is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, and the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS). He is a winner of the following awards: International Free Electron Laser Prize (1991), the E.O. Hulburt Science and Engineering Award (1986), Sigma Xi Pure Science Award (1994), two Technology Transfer Awards, and seven Alan Berman Research Publication Awards. Dr. Sprangle has published over 200 refereed scientific articles and holds 12 U.S. invention patents. In 1979, Dr. Sprangle was chosen to represent the U.S. in one of the first US-USSR scientific exchange programs. He routinely briefs and serves as a scientific expert on government committees.

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