Siegfried Glenzer

Distinguished Staff Scientist

(650) 926-3511

I am interested in matter at high energy density, which is produced by ultra high power optical laser pulses and intense x-ray sources. These plasmas show remarkable properties being the source of a variety of shock phenomena, antimatter, and energetic particles that are important to explain astrophysical particle acceleration and cosmic radiation.  These laser-driven plasmas are also important for applications ranging from tailored high-energy x-ray sources to the study of physical properties of inertial confinement fusion plasmas.

Our experiments use high-power ultra-short pulse lasers, energetic nanosecond lasers, and the LCLS x-ray laser here at Stanford for precision scattering measurements.  The experiments are closely coupled to simulations to plan high-impact science experiments and to interpret the results.


PhD (Physics), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Diploma (Physics), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Pre-Diploma (Physics), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Research Interests

Plasma Physics, Plasma Diagnostics, Compton and Thomson scattering, Optics, Lasers


▪   High Energy Density physics

▪   Relativistic laser-plasma interaction

▪   Laboratory Astrophysics

▪   Warm Dense Matter

▪   Inelastic X-ray Scattering


See Publications for Siegfried Glenzer