Sabrina R Nagel

Group Leader, X-Ray Measurement & Diagnostic Science
Physics Division
Phone: +19254227739


  • Ph.D., Plasma Physics, Imperial College London, UK, 2009
  • M.S., Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • B.S., Physics, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany, 2000

Personal Background

Sabrina Nagel, PhD, started studying physics at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany, in 2000. After three years she transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, USA and received a M.A. in physics in 2004. In 2009 she received a Ph.D. in plasma physics from Imperial College London, UK. Her thesis work studied electron acceleration mechanisms in relativistic laser-plasma interactions. After finishing her Ph.D., she worked as a research associate in the Plasma Physics Group at Imperial College London. In February 2011, she joined the HED Shock Physics Group at LLNL as a postdoc, where her research included dilation x-ray imaging. She has been working on x-ray detectors for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) that can take images of implosions with unprecedented temporal resolution. Sabrina became a group leader in the Physics division in 2018. She is the physics lead of the dynamic x-ray detector group for NIF and works closely with engineering and operations. She also regularly runs NIF shots for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high-energy-density campaigns.

Research Interests

  • Dynamic X-ray detection
  • Dilation x-ray imaging for laser plasma interactions and ICF
  • Relativistic laser-plasma interactions with both under- and over-dense plasmas


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