Author: Thomas White

Laboratory Astrophysics and High Energy Density Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno

I recorded a podcast!

In this episode of Sagebrushers, University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval speaks with Associate Professor Thomas White. White researches space not by gazing at the sky, but by replicating astrophysical conditions in the laboratory, effectively creating mini-planets and stars.  

Congratulations Landon

Congratulations to Landon Morrison for being awarded a Mission Support and Test Services (MSTS) Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Landon will be working with our group on hydrodynamic simulations of our OMEGA experiments on the transport properties of warm dense matter.

Three physicists at the UNR receive grants for high-energy-density plasma research!

We are so excited to be one of three groups at UNR awarded grants in plasma research from the DOE/NNSA high-energy-density program. Read more about our research here! 

Congratulations Leo and Tyreis

Congratulations to Leo Rodriguez and Tyreis Gatson for presenting their work at the Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium after their summer participating in the Pack Research Experience Program (PREP)

Congratulations Jacob

Congratulations, Jacob, for winning the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship, the only student in Nevada to do so. What an incredible well-deserved achievement! 2021 Goldwater Scholars listed by Institution State


I am thrilled to receive the NSF early career award and am grateful for the support of the NSF! Hear more about it in my interview with the college of science.

Jacob Molina wins NURA

Congratulations to Jacob Molina for receiving the Nevada Undergraduate Research Award! This grant serves to fund and support his further investigations into the changing material properties of ion-damaged warm dense gold. Additionally, along with this award comes an invitation to present his findings at the Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held in Spring 2021!

NIF Discovery Science Program

Excitingly our proposal to measure diffusion in dense plasma 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. See the full list of accepted proposals here.


Our proposal to study diffusion in warm dense matter was awarded four weeks on the Diocles 100 TW and 0.7 PW laser at the Extreme Light Laboratory at the University of Nebraska. The experiment is currently scheduled for summer 2020!

Well Done Jacob

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…
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