LLNL’s HED Science Center is collaborating with the University of California, San Diego, to offer a graduate-level course in diagnostics for HED plasmas. The 10-week online course will begin on March 31, 2020 and will be co-taught by two HED science experts from LLNL.
The HED Science Center is offering a highly competitive, two-year postdoctoral position at LLNL. The fellowship is open to researchers working in all HED-related disciplines. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor.
The HED Science Center will offer a three-week course during November 2019, which will explore the principles of laser-plasma interactions that are relevant to HED physics. Pierre Michel, an LLNL expert in plasma physics, will teach the course on-site at LLNL, and his recorded lectures will be available through the HEDS Center.
LLNL's HED Science Center is collaborating with the University of Rochester to offer a new graduate course focused on special topics in HED physics. The course will survey the field of HED Science, extending from ultra-dense matter to the radiation-dominated regime.
LLNL’s High Energy Density Science Center continues to foster a broad range of collaborative efforts with researchers and students from Japan, including a two-day event in Washington, DC, where participants explored areas for potential collaboration.
The University of California (UC) Office of the President provided more than $4 million to fund a three-year collaborative effort between UC researchers and scientists at two national laboratories—LLNL and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The effort includes establishing the Center for Frontiers in High Energy Density Science to study the fundamentals of nuclear physics, planetary science, and astrophysics.
LLNL’s HED Science Center hosted 31 speakers during 2018 as part of the Center’s Seminar Series. The ongoing program invites HED science researchers from around the world to discuss their work, connecting experts from other institutions with LLNL scientists.
LLNL hosted a visit from Ted Hodapp, leader of the APS Bridge Program, to explore collaborative initiatives with LLNL’s HED Science Center, including hosting students from the program who want to pursue careers in physics.
As part of efforts to expand educational opportunities in HED science, LLNL’s HED Science Center delivered an 11-week, for-credit course regarding Extreme Physics for students from the University of California (UC) San Diego. The HEDS Center also offered several short courses, including one taught by LLNL physicist Stefan Hau-Riege regarding the interaction of x-rays with matter.
A three-year funding award from NNSA’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program enabled LLNL and three academic institutions to form the Consortium for High Energy Density Science, a partnership that aims to expand training opportunities for students and research collaborations among the participating institutions, which include Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, and the University of California (UC) Merced.
LLNL will be part of a new National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Center of Excellence, which will be managed by the University of California (UC) San Diego. With funding provided by NNSA, the Center for Matter under Extreme Conditions will facilitate interaction between national lab scientists and university leaders and provide opportunities for students to conduct research at partnering institutions, including LLNL.
LLNL’s HED Science Center released its five-year strategic plan in September 2018, highlighting the Center’s focus on fostering expanded research collaborations in the field of HED science and increasing the number of scientists working in this rapidly evolving discipline.
The Laboratory’s HED Science Center hosted a workshop regarding nuclear processes in dense plasmas, providing a forum where members of the HED science and nuclear physics communities could share ideas. The workshop took place on July 30 and August 1, 2018, at LLNL.
The HED Science Center at LLNL participates in the Laboratory’s Academic Collaboration Team (ACT), established in early 2018, which also includes LLNL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion and Weapon Physics Design programs. The goal of this multidisciplinary team is to advance LLNL’s strategic partnerships with universities.
LLNL’s HED Science Center helped organize a two-day workshop regarding national security and HED science, held in January 2018 at the University of California San Diego. Workshop attendees explored the national security dimensions of HED science from technical, policy, and international perspectives.