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Award fund honors plasma physicist

A $10,000 donation, given by Mary Hauser in memory of her brother, noted Sandia physicist James Wesslen Poukey, will fund graduate-student fusion research.

Poukey received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1961, his master's degree in physics in 1963 and his PhD in physics in 1966, all from UW-Madison. He joined Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, in 1967 and was one of the founding fathers of its pulsed-power research area. He retired from Sandia in 1997 and died May 1, 2001.

During his career, Poukey worked on many projects, including electron beam diodes, bremsstrahlung radiation sources, collective ion acceleration, electron beam fusion, light-ion diodes, light-ion fusion, heavy-ion fusion and advanced fusion, and advanced hydrodynamic radiography.

When she learned that Professor Jerry Kulcinski's group conducts similar research and often collaborates with Sandia researchers, Hauser knew she had found the perfect fit for her gift. "It's really awesome," she says of her brother's fusion research. "I admired him so much and the work that he did. I just wanted to do something to honor him and his memory."

Hauser's gift will provide a $1,000 annual award to a graduate student conducting pulsed-power work on nuclear fusion.


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