High Energy Density Physics
We are involved in developing a strategy for NIF as a national HED Science user facility.
Our HEDP research comprises four groups dedicated to theoretical and experimental research in high energy density (HED) physics, astrophysics, and advanced diagnostic development, emphasizing areas important to major Laboratory programs. These groups pursue forefront research directed towards the development of experimentally validated models that describe the state of matter and the physics of matter/radiation interactions in high energy density plasmas, which contributes to our fundamental understanding of nuclear weapons, fusion plasmas, astrophysics, and planetary science. To advance HED research, enhance interactions with the international research community, and provide venues for training new scientists, we operate two intermediate scale facilities, the Jupiter Laser Facility and the Electron Beam Ion Trap.
The Astrophysics Group
The Shock Physics Group
The Theory and Modeling Group