High Energy Density and Plasma Physics


One of the major research foci of the Physics Department spans the fields of plasma physics and high energy density science. Research groups are carrying out theoretical, computational, experimental and applied investigations into many physical systems under extremes of pressure, temperature and density. Research areas include studies of the formation and time evolution of plasmas, and investigations of conditions ranging from the physics of the upper atmosphere to extreme pressures and temperatures found in astrophysical events. The Physics Department has a number of distinctive research facilities that enhance the research activities in plasma physics and high energy density science including a 2 TW z-pinch accelerator, a 100 TW, 350 femtosecond laser, and a ninety-six node cluster computer.