International Conference on Laser Ablation31 August - 4 September 2015 | Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Masakatsu Murakami

Masakatsu Murakami

Masakatsu Murakami (Dr. Eng., electrical engineering, Osaka University, Japan, 1988) is Professor of Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE), Osaka University. After he defended Doctor thesis, he worked for three years at Max-Planck-Institute for quantum-optics (MPQ) in Germany on laser-matter interaction and heavy ion fusion physics.

After MPQ, he engaged himself in laser isotope separation for two years at Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) in Japan. Since 1993 he has worked at ILE, Osaka University. He now leads a theoretical group at ILE. The scope of current scientific interests concerns interactions with intense laser and matter, high temperature plasma, laser ion acceleration, hydrodynamic phenomena in astrophysics.

Recently he has proposed "Nanotube Accelerator" (Physics Today 66, (2013) p.17), to generate MeV-order proton beams. The proton beams thus generated will have a number of future applications are expected, including cancer therapy, compact neutron sources, and ion-driven fast ignition for medicine, industry, and fusion energy, respectively.