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High Energy Density Summer School (HEDSS 2016)

Posted: March 1, 2016

High Energy Density Summer School (HEDSS 2016)

The 2016 High Energy Density Summer School (HEDSS) will be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 12th to the 24th, 2016. This year's program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences in the College of Engineering at the University of 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.

The 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.

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
 book on high-energy-density physics authored by Prof. R.P. Drake, available from Springer VerlagProf. R.P. Drake's book is available
for purchase from Springer Verlag

The course includes approximately 40 hours of lecture on 10 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, Dr. Carolyn Kuranz and Dr. Ren Chuang 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.

This year there will be free lodging (University of Michigan North Quad Housing) and some travel support for graduate students and postdocs.  The facilities (both housing and classroom) are excellent, with plenty of nice places to study or talk, and good internet connections.

Further details, including how to apply for travel and lodging support, are available on the HEDSS web site. If you would like further information, please contact Jan Beltran, jbeltran@umich.edu.

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