RESEARCH



The HEDP Group's most recent research projects include the systematic study of fast electron energy deposition, the dynamics of high-energy proton beam focusing and transition, and participation in the Fusion Science Center for Extreme States of Matter.




Our group performs advanced computer simulations and experiments at cutting edge laser facilities around the country to study interactions of ultraintense lasers with solid and warm dense targets. Most experiments relate to making beams which have appropriate parameters to ignite FI.


We study all aspects of x-pinches, z-pinches and wire arrays driven by compact pulsed power devices. These experiments are of interest as highly dynamic plasma objects and high flux compact x-ray sources, in addition to their application to Inertial Confinement Fusion and Inertial Fusion Energy.


We recently installed a High Power Computing Cluster called Pleiades. The construction of the cluster is funded by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation under the Partnership in Basic Plasma Science. Pleiades is housed at the San Diego Supercomputing Center.