UR Fusion Science Center

Welcome to the University of Rochester Fusion Science Center

The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen the University of Rochester to host one of two Fusion Science Centers. The FSC for Extreme States of Matter will develop an understanding of the physics of creating extreme states of matter using a combination of high-energy drivers (compression) and high-intensity lasers (heating). The work will culminate in integrated experiments using both aspects. These experiments will be conducted at the major national high-energy-density (HED) science facilities (OMEGA-EP, NIF, and Z) in a synergistic relationship with a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) initiative for short pulse HED science. The Center will bring academic scientists from around the country into a collaboration that will foster rapid progress in this exciting field. It will also provide support for graduate students and post-doctoral research associates as well as organize workshops and a summer school in high-energy-density physics. A major long-term goal is to study fast ignition as a potential future energy source.

Learn more about FSC Research Activities (62 KB, .pdf)

Overview of the FSC activities in 2005

Overview of the FSC activities in 2006

2005 Annual Report

2006 Annual Report

2007 Annual Report

2008 Progress Report

2009-2010 Annual Report

2010-2011 Annual Report

2012-2013 Annual Report

Presentations from the 2006 Fast Ignition Workshop

HEDLP FESAC Subpanel Web Site

FSC Meetings

10th FSC Meeting – Presentations

Vist our Meetings page to download presentations from recent events


30-kJ OMEGA laser (UR-LLE)
2-MJ National Ignition Facility (LLNL)
20-MA Sandia (SNL) Z Facility


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