Project Oriented Résumé - Jan Studebaker

An accomplished, self motivated, and versatile physics technician with a strong background in computers, web development, computer security, lasers, high intensity flash x-ray systems, analog electronics, optics, particle accelerators, digital imaging, and diagnostics development for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Jan retired on July 1, 2003 after almost 40 years with the laboratory.

July, 2003 to Present

Since retirement on July 1, 2003 Jan has been happily de-stressing from an important but stressful position at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked most recently in the stockpile stewardship (nuclear weapons) program.

De-stressing activities were based on outdoor activities with friends, and playing as often as possible with computers.

October, 2001 to July, 2003

X-ray Imaging Liaison and Development for Atlas.  Acted as the primary P-22 contact and liaison with Bechtel Nevada for the development of a fast, four frame, digital imaging camera system for the Atlas pulsed power machine.  After development, participated on the Atlas axial radiography diagnostic team for a variety of weapons physics experiments.

June, 1998 to October, 2001

Flash X-ray Production Activities. Responsible for all details of reverse engineering the "Plattsflash" x-ray system. This resulted in the construction and fielding of 13 complete systems, which have now been fielded on several dozen experiments. This activity required extensive interactions with Bechtel Nevada, in which he was P-22's primary contact.

X-ray Experiments in Support of Weapons Physics. Fielded, or helped field many flash x-ray systems at Pegasus, Shiva Star, Atlas, the Ancho Canyon Gas Gun, several local explosive sites, and U1a at NTS. These experiments often involved P-22 CCD imaging. Acted as primary contact for x-ray production activities associated with the Thoroughbred and Cimaron sub-critical events. Earned a 1998 Los Alamos Achievement Program (Physics Division) award for "dedicated performance in support of complex issues related to the Laboratory's U1a (Cimarron) event."

Selected as a member of a a small internal committee to determine the next Physics Division director. Susan Seestrom was selected for the position in part due to his diligence. Susan later became the head of the Weapons Physics Directorate, and later still the Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences.

February, 1996 to June, 1998

Pegasus Interferometric Target Diagnostic. Responsible for the construction and fielding of a 94 GHz interferometer on the Pegasus II Pulsed Power Facility at LANL. This device was used to visualize the implosion and subsequent expansion of the Pegasus target.

ITS Interferometric Beam Size Diagnostic. Member of two man experimental team charged with the development of a non-intercepting beam size measurement for possible use at DARHT. The team designed, built, and deployed a 94 GHz interferometer system and a unique "spinning wheel" calibrator the front-end of DARHT. All field work was performed at the Integrated Test Stand. Earned a 1999 Los Alamos Awards Program honor "in appreciation of your exceptional commitment to teamwork for the DARHT Phase I design and construction project."

November, 1995 to February, 1996

Portable High Intensity Laser System. Member of a two man team charged with the construction and fielding of a unique, high-intensity, portable Ti:Sapphire laser system. This ultra-fast light source was to be used as part of a diagnostic tool to evaluate explosively detonated devices. When finished, this laser was to be housed in the back of a truck for enhanced portability. Funding was lost after successful construction/demonstration.

June, 1994 to November, 1995

EUV LINAC. Responsible for beam line construction coordination, and diagnostic development and fabrication for a high intensity linear electron accelerator (LINAC), to be used for the generation of extreme ultra-violet (EUV) radiation. Began fielding the experimental gas cell, and associated diagnostics. Earned a 1994 LANL Distinguished Performance Award "In appreciation for your contribution on the Subpicosecond High Brightness Accelerator."

February, 1989 to June, 1994

P-1, Bright Source Laser. Member of the experimental team for an ultra-high intensity UV laser. Responsibilities included fielding, building, modifying, and operating high-tech diagnostic instruments, such as X-ray and visible streak cameras, spectrometers, and CCD cameras.

Operation Desert Storm. Volunteer member of a small team of scientists who developed, built, and fielded, in just two months, a unique long-range LIDAR system for the detection of biological weapons. Also, participated in all Arizona airborne tests. Awarded a 1990 Distinguished Performance Project Team Award "In appreciation for your contribution on the LIDAR Project Team."

May, 1985 to February, 1989

P-14, Forge Laser. Operated, modified, and maintained a 20 joule, 100 pSec, glass laser system and target chamber to permit characterization of a series of X-ray streak cameras. Responsible for all day-to-day activities at the facility, as well as most of the experiments.

July, 1983 to May, 1985

P-14, Antares Laser. Fielded the primary low-energy X-ray diagnostic on the Antares target chamber. Developed a 1 GHz multi-channel analog and digital recording system based on NTS instrumentation. Recorded all shot data, and digitally processed all results.

July, 1982 to July, 1983

AT-5, NEST Portable Linear Accelerator. Project leader of a one million dollar portable linear accelerator for use by the Nuclear Emergency Search Team. Responsible for all purchasing, scheduling, packaging, and team member supervision. Unable to bring project to completion due to funding difficulties out of his control.

May, 1981 to July, 1982

P-14, Under-ground Experiments. Developed a 100 MHz, low-noise, high-linearity, analog fiber optic receiver for NTS under-ground experiments. This unit became the prototype for EG&G's production model.

October, 1976 to May, 1981

MP-1, Analog Circuit Design Consultant. Provided analog circuit design consulting and prototype production for visitors and experimentalists at LAMPF (now named LANSCE). Fielded designs included spark-chamber readouts, delay-line TAC's and TDC's, high-speed amplifiers, high-voltage regulators, and photo-multiplier bases and discriminators.

June, 1972 to October, 1976

MP-1, Beam Line Diagnostic's. Designed the electronics for most of LAMPF's beam line diagnostics. Designs included various beam current monitors, beam profile monitors, fast wire scanners, and beam position monitors. These same modules were often used in the experimental areas as well.

September, 1965 to June, 1972

MP-3, RF Structures. Characterized a variety of RF structures in the main LAMPF beam line. Measured such parameters as Q, resonant frequency, temperature drift, and radiation damage; helped design, and build instruments to automate these measurements and tune the wave-guide components.


Ohio Technical Institute: Associate in Electrical Engineering, Class Valedictorian.