Degree: Ph.D. from Princeton University
Research: Laser science and plasma physics
Joined LLNL: October 2019
Research at LLNL: Matthew uses powerful lasers to study light–matter interactions at extreme intensity, with specific work on developing plasma optics for controlling high-fluence light, producing and studying electron–positron plasmas, and creating x-ray and particle sources from short-pulse lasers. This research aims to understand how light and plasma affect each other in highly nonlinear regimes and apply that understanding to build next-generation lasers and accelerators.
Bio: Matthew Edwards received a B.S.E. (2012) in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, with minors in engineering physics and robotics. He spent a year in the nanorobotics laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University before completing M.A. (2015) and Ph.D. (2019) degrees at Princeton with a focus on high-power laser science and laser–plasma interactions. Matthew has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Princeton’s Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship.
Joined the NIF Directorate in 2019