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High Energy Density Physics (HEDP)

Booklet Cover
Connect Quarks
Frontier in high energy density physics

For more information about High-Energy Density, check out the HEDP Tutorial Booklet (PDF filesize 2 MB)


"..research opportunities in this crosscutting area of physics are of the highest intellectual caliber and are fully deserving of the consideration of support by the leading funding agencies of the physical sciences."


"Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Country" (M. Turner et al.)


"Discern the physical principles that govern extreme astrophysical environments through the laboratory study of high-energy-density physics. The committee recommends that the agencies cooperate in bringing together the different scientific communities that can foster this rapidly developing field."

"Frontiers in High Energy Density Physics" (R. Davidson et al.)

high energy density diagram

HEDP regime
P > 1 Mbar


Integrated Fast Ignition with OMEGA-EP
rho ~ 200g/cc
T ~ 7 Kev
P ~ 106 Mbar
ED ~ 105MJ/cc

Reprinted with permission from (Frontiers in High Energy Density Physics: The X-Games of Contemporary Science) © (2003) by the National Academy of Sciences, courtesy of the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.




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