Maria Gatu Johnson

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Maria Gatu Johnson is a principal research scientist at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She obtained her PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden, in 2010, working on neutron spectrometry for the JET tokamak. Her current research focuses on inertial confinement fusion (ICF) at the National Ignition Facility and OMEGA Laser Facility, where she has been involved in the recent ICF burning-plasma experiments. Her work includes using the ICF platform for nuclear experiments relevant to stellar nucleosynthesis and managing an MIT accelerator laboratory used for nuclear diagnostic development for ICF-platform experiments.


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