Richard F. Post

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Richard F. Post (born November 14, 1918, in Pomona, California)[1] is a American physicist who has done work in nuclear fusion, plasma physics, Magnetic mirrors, magnetic levitation, magnetic bearing design and direct energy conversion.[2] He is a winner of the James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics[3] and led the controlled thermonuclear research group at LLNL for 23 years. He holds patents in the fields of nuclear fusion, particle accelerators, and electronic and mechanical energy storage.

Career[edit]

Post received a BA in physics from Pomona College in 1940 and a PhD in physics from Stanford University in 1951. After his PhD, he was inspired to pursue fusion energy research by a college professor.[4] Post joined the staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as leader of the controlled thermonuclear research group until 1974.[1] During this time, he developed many of concepts of magnetic mirrors and direct energy conversion.[2] He worked with Marshall Rosenbluth to develop the stability of plasma inside mirror machines.[5] From 1974 to 1987 he was deputy associate director of the magnetic fusion energy program at LLNL. This was a heavily funded effort by the United States Department of Energy to build a succession of magnetic mirror machines, including the MFTF and the Tandem Mirror Facility. After 1987, Post was senior scientist in the magnetic fusion energy program.[1] He has held advisory roles at NASA, the National Academy of Sciences and the United States Air Force.[1]

Notable works[edit]

His notable work includes inductrack[6][7][8] and magnetically levitated flywheels.[9]

Personal[edit]

Post is the father of actress Markie Post.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.aip.org/history/acap/biographies/bio.jsp?postr, "Richard Post", Array of contemporary American Physicists, Accessed 6-28-2013
  2. ^ a b Post, Richard, "Mirror Systems: Fuel Cycles, Loss Recovery, and Energy Recovery", BNES Nuclear Fusion Reactor Conference at Culham Laboratory, September 1969
  3. ^ http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/prizes/prizerecipient.cfm?name=Richard%20F.%20Post&year=1978
  4. ^ "Thoughts on Fusion Energy Development", Richard Post, the Fusion Power Associates Annual Meeting and Symposium - "Honoring Fusion Pioneers Richard F. Post and John H. Nuckolls", 3–4 December 2008
  5. ^ "Electrostatic Instabilities in Finite Mirror-Confined Plasmas" RF Post, MN Rosenbluth - Physics of Fluids, 1966
  6. ^ "A New Approach for Magnetically Levitating Trains — and Rockets". llnl.gov. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  7. ^ Richard F. Post (January 2000). "MagLev: A New Approach". Scientific American. 
  8. ^ Richard F. Post. "The Inductrack Approach to Magnetic Levitation". 
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