REU Dynamic Compression Summer School
Dynamic compression experiments subject materials to unique conditions – very large compressions, high temperatures, and large deformations – on short time scales resulting in a rich array of physical and chemical changes. Understanding the material response at these extreme conditions is of central importance to fundamental science and spans the disciplines of physics, chemistry, materials science, solid mechanics, planetary sciences, and applied mathematics.
Research activities related to the dynamic compression of materials are extremely diverse and challenging. As such, the Institute for Shock Physics aims to strengthen ongoing efforts to enhance the long-term intellectual vitality of this field, which is uniquely suited for studying material response under extreme conditions.
The Dynamic Compression Summer School has been established to provide an overview of dynamic compression science appropriate for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students. The four and a half days of lectures, discussions, and tours will introduce students to the scientific fundamentals, broad scientific applications, and career opportunities within this vital, diverse and challenging field.
- Day 1 Introduces dynamic compression science and the fundamentals of matter at high pressure.
- Day 2 Continues with the foundations of dynamic compression, followed by an introduction to the opportunities available in dynamic compression science at the Institute for Shock Physics at Washington State University.
- Days 3 and 4 Build upon the foundations laid during the first two days and focuses on applications of dynamic compression to address scientific problems in various areas including: materials science, geophysics and planetary physics, phase transformations, chemistry, and mechanical engineering.
- Day 5 Provides an overview of career opportunities in dynamic compression science, with perspectives by speakers from each of the three major National Laboratories (Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia).
Also included: comprehensive tours of the state-of-the-art facilities at the Dynamic Compression Sector, the Advanced Photon Source, and additional capabilities at Argonne National Laboratory.