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Plasma Physics, Inertial and Magnetic Confinement Fusion, High Energy Density Physics

Turbulance SimulationGraduate research projects in this area span a wide spectrum of topics in inertial confinement fusion, high-energy-density-physics (HEDP), and plasma/fluid physics.

The work in this area is closely related to the research performed at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) and the Fusion Science Center for Extreme States of Matter and Fast Ignition Physics at the University. The primary experimental facilities are the world-class Omega laser system (60 beams, 30 kJUV) and Omega-EP laser facility, currently under construction.

OMEGA EP will consist of four NIF-scale beamlines that can produce ~6.5 kJUV into a new target chamber. Two of OMEGA EP beams can be configured as High Energy Petawatt(HEPW) beamlines producing 2.6 kJIR in 10 ps duration. The two HEPW OMEGA EP will be completed in FY07, with UV capability available in mid-FY08.

General research topics for faculty members working in fusion/plasma HEDP are listed below. Click on a faculty name for a link to their web page with more detail about their research.

Associated Faculty

  • Hussein Aluie (Computational Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence, Magnetohydrodynamics)
  • Riccardo Betti (Magnetic and inertial confinement fusion)
  • Gilbert 'Rip' Collins  (fundamental science of extreme matter found in the deep interiors of planets, stars, and inertial fusion experiments)
  • Valeri Goncharov (Rayleigh-Taylor instability, inertial confinement fusion) 
  • Andrei Maximov (Electron-thermal transport, inertial confinement fusion) 
  • Robert McCrory (Hydrodynamic instabilities, high energy density physics, inertial confinement fusion, laboratory astrophysics, computational physics) 
  • Chuang Ren (Laser-plasma interaction, fast ignition, plasma astrophysics, particle-in-cell simulations)