Experiment shows laser-driven proton beam makes warm, dense samples with surprising material dependence

December 3, 2018

A team led by Center for Energy Research scientists Chris McGuffey, Joohwan Kim, and Prof. Farhat Beg have shown that proton beams, which are well-studied products of intense lasers, can locally heat a gold sample to over 35 eV, or 400,000 degrees. But, surprisingly, the heating strongly depended on what material was in front of the gold, suggesting that the energy lost by the beam in the hot materials is far different from what existing cold models predict. The experiment was carried out at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Trident Laser at Los Alamos National Laboratory with collaborators at Trident, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, General Atomics, the University of Alberta, and the Ohio State University.

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Professor Farhat Beg named AAAS Fellow

November 28, 2018

Farhat Beg is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Center for Energy Research. He is recognized for his contributions to the field of high energy density science, which deals with the study of matter under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature, such as those that exist in the interior of stars and planets. Beg develops experiments capable of reproducing such extreme conditions using short pulse, high intensity lasers and pulsed power Z-pinches. This work enables researchers to test theories and models of how celestial bodies are formed and to understand more about the universe.

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NNSA Awards New Center of Excellence to be led by Professor Farhat Beg

October 17, 2018

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UC San Diego experimental team featured in Jupiter Laser Facility spotlight

June 4, 2018

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Ph. D. Candidate Rui Hua awarded poster prize at OLUG Workshop

April 27, 2018

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UC San Diego Center for Energy Research, LPPFusion to Collaborate on Fusion Energy Research

October 5, 2017

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PhD Graduate Tammy Ma awarded prestigeous Presidential Early Career Award

February 18, 2016

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HEDP research on visualization of energy deposition in Fast Ignition published in Nature Physics journal

January 14, 2016

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Jonathan Peebles wins poster presentation award at 2016 SSAP Annual Review Symposium

February 18, 2016

PhD Graduate Tammy Ma featured in CNN mini-documentary Pioneers

December 06, 2015

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Farhat Beg appointed Director of the Center for Energy Research

December 2015

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Farhat Beg chairs 5th International Conference on High Energy Density Physics

August 23 2015

UC San Diego and LLNL collaborate on study of Matter Under Extreme Conditions

March 05 2015

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