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Committee on High-Energy-Density Plasma Physics



Frontiers in High Energy Density Physics: The X-Games of Contemporary Science

Released June 2003

Recent scientific and technical advances have made it possible to create matter in the laboratory under conditions relevant to astrophysical systems such as supernovae and black holes. These advances will also benefit inertial confinement fusion research and the nation’s nuclear weapon’s program. The report describes the major research facilities on which such high energy density conditions can be achieved and lists a number of key scientific questions about high energy density physics that can be addressed by this research. Several recommendations are presented that would facilitate the development of a comprehensive strategy for realizing these research opportunities.


Committee Members and NRC Staff

Ronald C. Davidson, Chair, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University
David Arnett, University of Arizona
Jill Dahlburg, General Atomics
Paul Dimotakis, Caltech
Daniel Dubin, U.C. San Diego
Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University
David Hammer, Cornell University
Thomas Katsouleas, University of Southern California
William Kruer, Naval Postgraduate School
Richard Lovelace, Cornell University
David Meyerhofer, University of Rochester
Bruce Remington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Robert Rosner, University of Chicago
Andrew Sessler, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Phillip Sprangle, Naval Research Laboratory
Alan Todd, Advanced Energy Systems
Jonathan Wurtele, U.C. Berkeley

NRC Staff

Donald C. Shapero, Study Director

Michael Moloney, Program Officer


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