Laura Berzak Hopkins

  • Program Years: 2006-2010
  • Academic Institution: Princeton University
  • Field of Study: Plasma Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Robert Kaita
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2007)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Plasma Physics, Princeton University, 2010
    M.A. Astrophysical Sciences-Program in Plasma Physics, 2006
    B.A. Physics, Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 2004

Current Status

  • Status: Design Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Research Area: Inertial confinement fusion


L. Berzak Hopkins, et al. "First High-Convergence Cryogenic Implosion in a Near-Vacuum Hohlraum," Physical Review Letters 114, 2015 (175001).

L. Berzak Hopkins, et al. "Near-vacuum hohlraums for driving fusion implosions with high density carbon ablators," Physics of Plasmas 22, 2015 (056318).

L. Berzak Hopkins, et al. "Plasma equilibrium reconstructions in the lithium tokamak experiment," Nuclear Fusion 52 (2012) 063025.

L. Berzak Hopkins, "The Next Generation of 123 Agreements," Center for Strategic and International Studies Project on Nuclear Issues Nuclear Scholars Initiative Collection of Papers 2011.

L. Berzak, "Plasma Start-up in a Spherical Tokamak with Close-fitting Conducting Walls," (PhD Dissertation) Princeton University, 2010.

L. Berzak, A. D. Jones, R. Kaita, T. Kozub, N. Logan, R. Majeski, J. Menard, and L. Zakharov, "Magnetic diagnostics for equilibrium reconstructions in the presence of nonaxisymmetric eddy current distributions in tokamaks (invited)," Review of Scientific Instruments 81, 10E114 (2010).

L. Berzak, R. Kaita, T. Kozub, R. Majeski, and L. Zakharov, "Magnetic diagnostics for the lithium tokamak experiment," Review of Scientific Instruments 79, 10F116 (2008).

"Novel Lithographic Techniques for the Fabrication of Small-Gap Electrodes and Current-Voltage measurements of an Organic Field-Effect Transistor." Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center Research Experience for Undergraduates Bulletin. (August 2003).

"The Discovery of the Interleukin-2 Molecule at Dartmouth Medical School." Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. (Spring 2003).

"Graphite Furnace Atomic Spectrometry." Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. (Spring 2003).

"A Study of a Striated Positive Column After an Ethanol Impurity Injection in an Air DC Glow Discharge." American Physical Society Bulletin. (April 2003).

"A Spectroscopic Study of a Helium DC Glow Discharge." Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship Bulletin. (December 2002).

"Synthesis of Molybdenum Hexacarbonyl Compounds with Varying Length Bidentate Carbon Chain Ligands for the Purpose of Synthesizing a New Series of Catalysts." New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences Bulletin. (August 1999).


American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow; September 2010-December 2011

Awarded the DOE NNSA SSGF Fellows poster prize; July 2009

Granted Summa Cum Laude graduation honors; June 2004

Awarded the Haseltine Prize for Chemistry-Physics; June 2004

Awarded the Dartmouth College Physics and Astronomy Department Chair's Prize; June 2004

James B. Reynolds Scholarship recipient; June 2004

Member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society; June 2004-Present

Received citations in: Microscopic Physical Chemistry (Spring 2004); Macroscopic Physical Chemistry (Winter 2004); Electricity and Magnetism (Winter 2003); Modern Physics II/Introductory Physics IV (Winter 2002); Modern Physics I/Introductory Physics III (Fall 2001)

Designated as a Rufus Choate Scholar; June 2003, June 2004

Named to College Honor List; June 2001, June 2002

Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society;