Center for Pulsed-Power-Driven High-Energy-Density Plasmas


The mission of the Center is to carry out world class experimental, theoretical and computational high energy density laboratory plasma (HEDLP) physics research on fundamental studies and applications of magnetized high energy density (HED) plasmas produced by pulsed power machines and to train the next generation of HEDLP research scientists. This Center of Excellence renewal proposal addresses. We propose to carry out experiments in a variety of configurations that will be discussed shortly, all of which are current driven, hot, dense plasmas that fit within the general name "dense Z-pinches." The experiments will be supported by computer simulations and theoretical modeling in order to help achieve an understanding of the experimental results and to help validate the computer simulations and theoretical models.
The principal objective of our research center is now and will continue to be to improve our understanding of the physics of HED plasma through high quality experimental research, computer simulations and theory. In the process, our goals include advancing the capability of HED science in the United States and contributing substantially to the training of the next generation of HED research scientists for stockpile stewardship and other programs of importance to national security. Other goals include contributing to the application of magnetized HED plasmas to inertial fusion energy, intense radiation generation, to understanding observed high energy astrophysical phenomena.
In order to achieve these objectives in the large, we operate two pulsed power machines with state-of-the-art suites of diagnostics, and our graduate students at Cornell design and carry out world class magnetized HED plasma experimental research and also develop advanced computer simulation and analytic theory tools to help understand the experiments. Where necessary, we also develop our own diagnostic tools, including visible and X-ray spectroscopic and imaging devices. Although the bulk of this effort is now and will continue to be carried out at Cornell, where appropriate, we collaborate with HED researchers from elsewhere in the United States to enhance in-house capability and from outside the United States to enhance US scientific infrastructure by exposing ourselves and our students to world-class research capability that has been developed in foreign research laboratories.


Principal Investigator
Prof. Hammer

Cornell Co-Principal Investigator
Prof. Gourdain, Dr. Greenly, Prof. Kusse, Prof. Seyler

Off-Site Co-Investigators

Dr. Bland (Imperial College, London, UK)

Dr. Bott (UCSD)

Prof. Fisch (Princeton University)

Prof. Maron (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Dr. Sergei Pikuz (Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia)