High Energy Density Science Division (HEDS)

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April 15, 2016
News Feature
Computer simulations and lab experiments help researchers understand the violent universe and could potentially lead to new technologies that benefit humankind.
January 6, 2016
News Feature
The 2010 experiment marked a significant step forward in understanding extreme states of matter at the hearts of stars, planets and nuclear fusion reactions.
The interior of an LCLS chamber set up for an investigation into hot, dense matter.
October 5, 2015
News Feature
A 200-terawatt laser at SLAC will synchronize with X-ray laser pulses to precisely measure more extreme temperatures and pressures in exotic forms of matter.
Image - Eduardo Granados inspects a large titanium sapphire crystal, the operative component in a newly upgraded high-power laser system that is designed to work in conjunction with a unique X-ray laser at SLAC.
September 14, 2015
A SLAC study observed silica's shockingly fast transformation into a highly compressed form found in meteor craters.
Image - Meteor Crater, formed by a meteorite impact 50,000 years ago in Arizona, produced a hard, compressed form of silica known as stishovite. Researchers measured the transformation of a fused silica glass into stishovite using SLAC's X-ray laser.
July 6, 2015
News Feature
Researchers have used an X-ray laser to record, in detail never possible before, the microscopic motion and effects of shock waves rippling across diamond.
Image - Researchers prepare for an experiment in the Matter in Extreme Conditions station’s chamber at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
March 23, 2015
News Feature
A SLAC experiment has provided the first detailed look at the creation of an exotic superhot, compressed concoction known as "warm dense matter" – the stuff believed to be at the core of giant gas planets like Jupiter.
IMAGE - A study at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser provides the most detailed measurements yet of a material's temperature and compression as it transitions into a mysterious state known as "warm dense matter."
April 16, 2014
News Feature
SLAC's Siegfried Glenzer has been selected to receive an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, presented by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to honor scientists across a range of fields.
Photo - Siegfried Glenzer