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AREAS OF RESEARCH

Blast Waves
When a star goes supernova the explosion it creates travels outward into interstellar space, picking up material as it goes.


Dynamic Materials
We are investigating the processes of shock-induced melt and laser-induced spallation.


Electron Propogation
In these experiments, we focus the Sandia PetaWatt laser onto very tiny metal targets, no more than a few hundredths of an inch across.


Lab. Planetary Astrophysics
We are using high intensity pulsed lasers (~ 108-1012 W/cm2) to simulate high temperature and high pressure interactions with a variety of targets that are thought to simulate primordial solar nebula (PSN) materials.


Adaptive Optics
Single Actuator Deformable Mirror for Cylindrical Thermal Lens Compensation on Z-Beamlet


Damage Testing
Highly sensitive method for measuring the onset of damage using a micro channel plate



Particle Generation
Laser generated proton beams show a variety of interesting properties: superior emittance, high currents, spatial profile, and high energies.


X-Ray Generation
High intensity lasers can be used to generate intense bursts of X-rays when shooting on solid targets, preferably metals.


Grating Development
To develop petawatt-class lasers beyond their current state, compression gratings are required which can support higher energies than the currently available gold gratings.


Radiography
We are using high intensity pulsed lasers (~ 108-1012 W/cm2) to simulate high temperature and high pressure interactions with a variety of targets that are thought to simulate primordial solar nebula (PSN) materials.


Z-Frame Radiography
Z-Beamlet typically generates a single laser pulse that creates a single diagnostic image per shot. A second image of the same event is especially valuable because individual features can be traced throughout their evolution where as only statistically similar features can be studied with single images from multiple experiments.


Diagnostic Development
A well established and successful field of diagnostic research is the generation of x-rays and their application for radiography.



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