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David R. Harding

  • Professor; Primary: Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

PhD, Cambridge, England, 1986

250 East River Road
(585) 275-5850
dhar@lle.rochester.edu


Courses

CHE 421: Thin Films

Recent Publications

Goncharov, V.N.; Regan, S.P.; Campbell, E.M.; Sangster, T.C.; Radha. P.B.; Myatt, J.F.; Frouls, D.H.; Betti, R,; Boehly, T.R.; Delettrez, J.A.; Edgell, D.H.; Epstein, R.; Forrest, C.J.; Glebov, V.Y.; Harding, D.R.; et al, "National Direct-Drive Program on OMEGA and the National Ignitions Facility,' Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 2017, 59, 1SI (Special Issue).

Harding, D.R.; Whitaker, D.; Fella, C., "Growth of a Solid D-T Crystal form the Liquid Inside Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets," Fusion Science and Technologyy, 2016, 70, 2-173-183.

Bernat, T.P.; Petta, N.; Kozioziemski, B.; Harding, D.R., "Zinc-Nucleated D-2 and H-2 Crystal Formation from their Liquids," Fusion Science and Technology, 2016, 70, 2-196-205.

Chock, B.P.; Jones, T.B.; Harding, D.R., "Effect of Surfactant on the Electric-Field Assembly of Oil-Water Emulsions for Making Foam Targets," Fusion Science and Technology, 2016, 70, 2-206-218.

Viza, n.D.; Romanofsky, M.H.; Moynihan, M.J.; Harding, D.R., "The Effects of a Surfactant on the Operation of T-Junctions for Mass-Producing Foam Targets," Fusion Science and Technology, 2016, 70, 2-219-225.

Research Overview

My research is defined by a specific application: development of a suitable fuel for nuclear fusion, specifically, inertial confinement fusion. This effort requires research in several technical disciplines: vapor deposition and microfluidics, technologies that are used to make polymer capsules that contain the fusion fuel; and cryogenics and condensed matter physics, to study the crystal-growth mechanism, structure and properties of the deuterium-tritium fusion fuel. An emphasis of this research is to scale current technologies for mass production, to support an inertial fusion energy program. The most challenging aspect of this work is to determine how to deliver the cryogenic fuel, which is at a temperature of -255oC, into a reactor where the temperature will be over 5000oC, without affecting the fuel!