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High Energy Density Summer School

Foundations of High Energy Density Physics

VIRTUAL: JUNE 3–7, 2024
Presented on Zoom

IN-PERSON: JUNE 17–21, 2024
Presented at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

High-energy-density physics is an actively growing field that exploits the ability of various modern devices to create pressures of millions of atmospheres in dynamic, high-temperature, and even relativistic systems. This field of physics is essential to inertial fusion research, to using such tools to address issues in astrophysics, and to other fundamental studies and applications. To promote the spread of broad, fundamental knowledge in this new field, and to help train the new entrants to it, the 2024 session of this summer school will begin with a high-level, virtual component (June 3–7) and continue with a more in-depth component in Ann Arbor (June 17–21).

Topics to be covered include:

  • Fundamental Equations and Equations of State
  • Shocks, Rarefactions, and their Interactions
  • Hydrodynamic Instabilities
  • Radiative Transfer
  • Radiation Hydrodynamics
  • Creating High-Energy-Density Conditions
  • Inertial Fusion
  • Experimental Astrophysics
  • Relativistic Systems
  • Magnetohydrodynamics

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the field and includes approximately 25 hours of lecture on 10 days. Instruction by Carolyn Kuranz, Alec Thomas, Louise Willingale, Ryan McBride, Eric Johnsen, and Scott Baalrud. The lectures will be based primarily on the book High-Energy-Density Physics (2nd ed.) authored by Prof. R Paul Drake, available from Springer Verlag or Amazon.  

The course is aimed primarily at graduate students, young scientists, and experienced scientists who are just entering high-energy-density physics. Both the book and the lectures assume familiarity with partial differential vector calculus. Participants will also be introduced to the new ZEUS facility at the University of Michigan.

Registration is now open.  The Zoom link for the virtual program will be provided to registered participants and will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start of the course via email. A complete schedule will also be posted here.

For more information contact:  Jan Beltran at 734-936-0494 or [email protected].

This event is made possible by the National Nuclear Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan.