Diana S Vanblarcom

Research Scientist
Materials Science Division
Email: vanblarcom1@llnl.gov
Phone: +19254222081


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2006

Research Interests

I am a chemical engineer supporting Optics Processing for NIF & Photon Science. I research cleaning, etching, and coating processes to improve the laser damage threshold of NIF final optics. I use ellipsometry to better understand how sol-gel coatings age in vacuum. I develop surface treatment protocols to improve the performance and reliability of fiber lasers.

Honors and Awards

  • R&D 100 Award Finalist, Laser Damage Resistant Anti-Reflection Grating Debris Shield, 2017
  • Director’s S&T Award, High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System milestone, 2017
  • NIF & Photon Science Awards, 5 awards, 2013-2017
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2007-2010
  • Thrust 2000 Fellowship, University of Texas, 2006-2010

Selected Publications

  1. C. L. Haefner, A. Bayramian, S. Betts, R. Bopp, S. Buck, J. Cupal, M. Drouin, A. Erlandson, J. Horácek, J. Horner, J. Jarboe, K. Kasl, D. Kim, E. Koh, L. Koubíková, W. Maranville, C. Marshall, D. Mason, J. Menapace, P. Miller, P. Mazurek, A. Naylon, J. Novák, D. Peceli, P. Rosso, K. Schaffers, E. Sistrunk, D. Smith, T. Spinka, J. Stanley, R. Steele, C. Stolz, T. Suratwala, S. Telford, J. Thoma, D. VanBlarcom, J. Weiss, and P. Wegner, High average power, diode pumped petawatt laser systems: a new generation of lasers enabling precision science and commercial applications, Proc. SPIE 10241, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers III, 1024102 (26 June 2017).
  2. Diana VanBlarcom, Derrek (Reggie) Drachenberg, Marcus Monticelli, Gabriel Davalos, Steve Davis, Nick Schenkel, Matt Cook, Parker Crist, Phil Miller, Michael Messerly, Jay Dawson, and Tayyab Suratwala, Novel AMP surface treatment for improving laser optical fiber strength and laser gain, Boulder Laser Damage Symposium, Paper 10805-69 (September 2018).
  3. C. W. Carr, J. Bude, P. E. Miller, T. Parham, P. Whitman, M. Monticelli, R. Raman, D. Cross, B. Welday, F. Ravizza, T. Suratwala, J. Davis, M. Fischer, R. Hawley, H. Lee, M. Matthews, M. Norton, M. Nostrand, D. Vanblarcom, and S. Sommer, Damage sources for the NIF Grating Debris Shield (GDS) and methods for their mitigation, Proc. SPIE 10447, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 2017, 1044702 (29 November 2017).
  4. Bude, J.; Carr, C. W.; Miller, P. E.; Parham, T.; Whitman, P.; Monticelli, M.; Raman, R.; Cross, D.; Welday, B.; Ravizza, F.; Suratwala, T.; Davis, J.; Fischer, M.; Hawley, R.; Lee, H.; Matthews, M.; Norton, M.; Nostrand, M.; VanBlarcom, D.; and Sommer, S., Particle damage sources for fused silica optics and their mitigation on high energy laser systemsOptics Express 25 (10), 11414-11435 (2017).
  5. D.S. VanBlarcom and N.A. Peppas, Microcantilever sensing arrays from biodegradable, pH-responsive hydrogelsBiomedical Microdevices 13 (5), 829-836 (2011).
  6. Diana VanBlarcom, Marcus Monticelli, Gabriel Davalos, Phil Miller, David Cross, and C. Wren Carr, Damage Performance of Sol-gel Anti-reflective Coatings for the National Ignition Facility, Optical Interference Coatings, WD.10 (2016).
  7. S. Elhadj, W.A. Steel, D.S. VanBlarcom,1 R.A. Hawley, K.I. Schaffers, and P. Geraghty, Scalable process for the mitigation of laser-damaged potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystal optic surfaces with effective removal of the damaged antireflective coatingApplied Optics 56 (8), 2217-2225 (2017).
  8. N.A. Peppas and D.S. Van BlarcomHydrogel-based biosensors and sensing devices for drug deliveryJournal of Controlled Release 240, 142–150 (2016).
  9. D.K. Snelling and J.L. Zakin, Surfactant drag reduction using mixed counterions, Undergraduate honors thesis, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (May 17, 2006).
  10. D.K. SnellingBiodegradable Microdevices for Biological Detection and Smart Therapy, Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin (May 2010).