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2018 High Energy Density Summer School (HEDSS) begins in June

Posted: April 9, 2018

2018 High Energy Density Summer School (HEDSS) begins in June

The 2018 High Energy Density Summer School (HEDSS) will be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 11 – 22, 2018. This year's program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and the University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space Science and Engineering.

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. To promote the spread of broad, fundamental knowledge in this new field, and to help train the new entrants to it, this summer school is being offered.

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
  • Magnetohydrodynamics

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the field and includes approximately 40 hours of lecture on 11 days. Instruction by R Paul Drake, Carolyn Kuranz, Alec Thomas, Louise Willingale, Ryan McBride, and Eric Johnsen. The lectures will be based primarily on the book High-Energy-Density Physics, 2nd ed., authored by Prof. R Paul Drake, available from Springer Verlag.

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.

For more information contact: Jan Beltran 734-936-0494 ( or visit our web page:

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.

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