Topics of Interest  |  Special Sessions 

August 2-6, 2021

Online (Log-in information will be provided to confirmed participants prior to the workshop)

This 1-week summer school will promote scholastic development through technical lectures given by field experts as well as professional development sessions aimed at early-career researchers in HEDS fields of study.

The summer school is organized by the UC San Diego based NNSA Center for Excellence: Center for Matter Under Extreme Conditions. 

NEW! Program Now Available

Important Dates:
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2021 (5 p.m. Pacific Time)
Deadline to Submit CVs and Supervisor Consent Emails: May 31, 2021 (5 p.m. Pacific Time)
Email Notifications Sent to Students Accepted Into the Program & Information on Posters/Presentations Distributed: June 15, 2021
Summer School Begins: August 2, 2021

Organizing Committee:
Farhat Beg (UC San Diego)
Fabio Conti (UC San Diego)
Chris McGuffey (General Atomics)
Joohwan Kim (UC San Diego)
Miriam Holtzman (UC San Diego)
Mario Manuel (General Atomics)


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Topics of interest

  • Material science and planetary physics
  • Laboratory astrophysics
  • Inertial confinement fusion physics
  • Atomic physics in plasmas and radiation spectroscopy
  • Laser-driven hydrodynamics and shocks
  • Intense laser plasma physics
  • Kinetic vs. fluid effects
  • Plasma turbulence

Special Sessions

In addition to lectures on the above topics, the Summer School will comprise special sessions including:

  • Intense laser and pulsed power devices
  • Diagnostics for HED experiments
  • Panel discussion on career options in HEDS
  • Oral and poster sessions for students
  • Tours at HEDP and target fabrication facilities at UC San Diego and GA
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