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Physics Summer School Program in August

Posted: June 7, 2012

Physics Summer School Program in August

The 2012 HEDSS Summer School aims to promote the spread of broad, fundamental knowledge in the field of high energy density physics and to help train the new entrants to it.

The program runs August 6 to August 19, 2012 and will be held in Traverse City, Michigan. Tuition is $300 if registering before July 1st, afterward it is $400.

This year there will be free lodging for US students and postdocs.

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.

Topics to be covered include:

Fundamental Equations and Equations of State 
Rarefactions, and their Interactions

Hydrodynamic Instabilities

Radiative Transfer

Radiation Hydrodynamics

Creating High-Energy-Density Conditions

Inertial Fusion

Experimental Astrophysics

Relativistic Systems

The course includes approximately 40 hours of lecture on 11 days, in addition to time for reading, working problems, and discussions. The lectures will be based on the book on high-energy-density physics authored by Prof. R.P. Drake, available from Springer Verlag. Dr. Drake will present the lectures.

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 facility with partial differential vector calculus.

The summer school will be held at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. The facilities are excellent, with plenty of nice places to study or talk, and good internet connections. NMC, a beautiful campus, is located on a peninsula a few minutes walk from parks and beaches on both East and West Grand Traverse Bay. Traverse City is a major center of recreation, with extensive biking trails in addition to water activities, golf courses, and so on.

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