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Lindl Decides to Focus on NIF

September 21, 2004

John Lindl has decided to resign from leadership of the LLNL Fusion Energy Program, as of October 1, in order to work full time on making NIF a success. Over the past year, he has spent increasing amounts of time on developing a NIF activation and early use plan as well as on better understanding the leverage that various types of target improvements can have on the ability to achieve ignition as soon as possible after NIF is completed. Lindl says, "NIF is now at a critical period as we activate progressively more beams and transition toward a much greater focus on developing all the program capabilities the project will be need for success (targets, cryo system, diagnostics, user specified special optics, etc).

Lindl has been selected as a Teller Fellow (one of 3 at LLNL this year) which will facilitate taking a broad multi-institutional view in putting together the NIF plans. He says, "I do not intend to disappear from the other parts of the fusion enterprise but NIF will be my focus and other activities will be on a more ad hoc basis."