Zapata, Luis E.

Luis E. Zapata received his Bachelor in Physics at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1975 and his Master and Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1979 and 1981 respectively. He spent 17 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he contributed to developing the fusion amplifiers for the National Ignition Facility. While at LLNL he was a prime contributor in the construction of an injection seeded phase conjugated regenerative slab amplifier of remarkable performance (3 GW diffraction limited pulses at 6 Hz) that has spawned a new industry; laser peening –for strengthening turbine blades. Several of his patents have found industrial applications and he received a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 1997. He joined MIT-Lincoln Laboratory in 2009 where he worked in developing ultrafast cryogenic lasers of high average power joining Professor Kärtner at MIT-RLE in September of 2011 where he now champions in the development of ultrafast high average power laser drivers for high harmonic generation, attosecond science and particle acceleration.


Location: 99 / O3.116, CFEL at DESY, Hamburg