2022 High Energy Density Summer School Foundations of High Energy Density Physics – Virtual

High-Energy-Density Physics book cover
Prof. R.P. Drake’s book is available for purchase from Springer Verlag

June 6-10, 2022
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

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.

In an effort to promote the spread of broad, fundamental knowledge in this new field, and to help train the new entrants to it, we’re offering this summer school.

Topics to be covered include:

  1. Fundamental Equations and Equations of State
  2. Shocks, Rarefactions, and their Interactions
  3. Hydrodynamic Instabilities
  4. Radiative Transfer
  5. Radiation Hydrodynamics
  6. Creating High-Energy-Density Conditions
  7. Inertial Fusion
  8. Experimental Astrophysics
  9. Relativistic Systems
  10. Magnetohydrodynamics

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the field . Instruction will be by Carolyn Kuranz, Karl Krushelnick, Alec Thomas, Louise Willingale, Ryan McBride,  Eric Johnsen and Scott Baalrud.  The lectures will be based primarily on the book on high-energy-density physics authored by Prof. R.Paul Drake, available from Springer Verlag and 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 upcoming ZEUS facility at the University of Michigan.

This year the course will be entirely online and there is no registration fee to participate.  All participants MUST register.   Registration can be found on the  HEDSS webpage.  The zoom link will be provided only upon completion of registration and will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start of the course via email.    A complete schedule will be posted on the HEDSS webpage.

Sponsored by The Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Agency and by the Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.