p-hiroshisawada_28a4250Hiroshi Sawada

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St, MS0220
Reno, NV, 89577-0220

Researchers’ profile


Research Interests
High Energy Density Plasma Physics, High-intensity, Laser physics, Optics, Inertial Confinement Fusion, Fast Ignition, Laser-matter interaction

Ph.D. Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Rochester 2008
Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
Ph.D thesis entitled as ‘Experimental Investigation of a Direct-Drive Shock Wave Heated and Compressed Planar Target relevant to ICF
M.S. Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Rochester 2001
B.S. Department of Electrical Engineering  Kinki University, Japan 2000

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor University of Nevada, Reno (2012/07 – present)
Assistant Project Scientist University of California, San Diego (2011/10 – 2012/06)
Post Doctoral Researcher University of California, San Diego (2008/09 – 2011/09)

Modern Optics & Photonics (Spring2013, Spring2014, Spring2015, Spring2016)
Introduction to High Energy Density Physics (Fall 2013, 3 undergrads, 2 grads)
High Energy Density Physics (Fall 2014, 10 grads)
Laser Physics (Fall 2015, 15 grads)
Introduction to High Energy Density Physics and Laser Fusion (Fall 2016, 7 grads, 8 undergrads)


  1. H. Sawada, Y. Sentoku, A. Bass, B. Griffin, R. Pandit, F. Beg, H. Chen, H. McLean, A. J. Link, P. K. Patel and Y. Ping, “Characterization of intense laser-produced fast electrons using hard x-rays via bremsstrahlung”, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 48 224008 (2015)

  2. H. Sawada, M. S. Wei, S. Chawla, A. Morace, K. Akli, T. Yabuuchi, N. Nakanii, M. H. Key, P. K. Patel, A. J. Mackinnon, H. S. McLean, R. B. Stephens, and F. N. Beg, “Investigation of fast-electron-induced Kα x rays in laser-produced blow-off plasma”, Phys. Rev. E 89, 033105 (2014)
  3. H. Sawada, D. P. Higginson, A. Link, T. Ma, S.C. Wilks, H. S. McLean, F. Perez, P.K. Patel and F. N. Beg, “Characterizing the energy distribution of laser-generated relativistic electrons in cone-wire targets”, Phys. Plasmas 19, 103108 (2012)
  4. H. Sawada, T. Yabuuchi et al., “Diagnosing Laser-Driven, Shock-Heated Foam Target with Al Absorption Spectroscopy on OMEGA EP”, High Energy Density Physics 8 180-183 (2012)
  5. H. Sawada, P. K. Patel, C. D. Chen, T. Yabuuchi, F. N. Beg, W. Theobald, C. Stoeckl, R. B. Stephens, K. U. Akli, H. S. McLean and M. H. Key, ‘Monochromatic Imaging of Cu Wire Emission Induced by Energetic Electrons Generated at OMEGA EP’, Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions, 39, 2816, (2011)
  6. T. Ma, H. Sawada, P. K. Patel, C. D. Chen, L. Divol, D. P. Higginson, A. J. Kemp, M. H. Key, D. J. Larson, S. Le Pape, A. Link, A. G. MacPhee, H. S. McLean, Y. Ping, R. B. Stephens, S. C. Wilks, and F. N. Beg, “ Fast electron temperature and coupling efficiencies with preplasma for cone-guided Fast Ignition”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 115004 (2012)
  7. H. Sawada, S. P. Regan, P. B. Radha, R. Epstein, D. Li, V. N. Goncharov, S. X. Hu, D. D. Meyerhofer, J. A. Delettrez, P. A. Jaanimagi, V. A. Smalyuk, T. R. Boehly, T. C. Sangster, B. Yaakobi, and R. C. Mancini, ‘Al 1s-2p absorption spectroscopy of shock wave heating and compression in laser driven planar plastic foil’, Phys. Plasmas 16, 052702 (2009)

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