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2024 High Energy Density Summer School -Foundations of High Energy Density Physics

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

June 3 – 7, 2024: VIRTUAL

June 17 – 21, 2024: IN PERSON
Presented at the 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, the 2024 session of this Sumer 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:

  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 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 on the HEDSS webpage tab Lectures & Schedules.

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.