Laboratory Astrophysics and High Energy Density Physics at the University of Nevada, RenoOur Research
Excitingly our proposal to measure diffusion in dense plasmas was awarded time on the world's most energetic laser, the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Awarded through their Discovery Science program, this work will help improve our understanding of planetary interiors. Our shot day is currently scheduled for 2021/2022.
Congratulations to Jacob Molina for being accepted into the prestigious McNair Scholars Program. The program provides academic and research opportunities for first generation, low-income and underrepresented college juniors and seniors.
As part of his research Jacob will be participating in experiments conducted at the Extreme Light Laboratory at the University of Nebraska. These experiments were recently awarded through the DOE LaserNETUS program.
Congratulations to group member and undergradute student Emily Chau for sucessfully winning an internship at NASA this summer!
Myself along with with faculty and graduate students from the University of Nevada, Reno attended the extremely sucessful and productive OMEGA Laser User's Workshop in Rochester, NY.
Dr Thomas White discussing how some of the largest lasers in the world are currently being used to study some of the most energetic events in the Universe. His talk, titled "Laboratory Astrophysics: Explosions, Lasers and Supernova", was given at the Happy Hour with a Scientist series hosted by the Laughing Planet restaurant.
Our group specialises in both experimental and computational study of extreme states of matter, known as warm dense matter (WDM) or high energy density (HED) states. Warm dense matter, typically defined by temperatures of a few electron volts and densities comparable with solids, is a complex state of matter where multi-body particle correlations and quantum effects play an important role in determining the overall structure and equation of state. The properties and behaviour of this matter thus determines the state and evolution of many astrophysical objects such as the giant gas and ice planets, brown and white dwarfs and the crust of neutron stars.
From left to right. Jacob Molina (UG), Cameron Allen (Graduate), Thomas White (PI), Emily Chau (UG), Rebekah Hermsmeier (Graduate), Matthew Oliver (Post-doc), Ryan Davis (UG).
This list contains our most recent publications. A more complete list can be found on my Google Scholar page.