Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Workshop July 30th - August 1st 2018
Chair: Frank Graziani (LLNL)


Many of the open and exciting questions in nuclear physics relate to the nuclear process in dense plasmas. Creating extreme states of matter in the plasma regime is the purview of high energy density (HED) physics. Today there are a wide variety of HED facilities that provide the conditions suitable for exploring questions relating to nuclear physics in dense plasmas. The purpose of the three-day workshop is to bring together the nuclear and HED physics communities and provide a forum for an open exchange of ideas so (1) the HED physics experts understand the challenges confronting the nuclear physics community (2) the nuclear physics understand the experimental HED capabilities that can potentially address their problems. The expected outcome from the workshop will be a white paper describing the important nuclear physics questions and the HED platforms and diagnostics that could potentially provide insight into those questions.

Format and Topics

The first day of the meeting will consist of a set of high-level overview talks. The purpose of the overview talks is to bring the two communities together. The second day will be devoted to deep dive talks which are intended to augment the talks in the first day by providing technical depth. The third day is devoted to breakout sessions. The broad categories will be:

  1. Nuclear physics
    • Nuclear astrophysics
    • Light ion reactions
    • Heavy ion reactions
  2. HED capabilities
    • Platforms (ICF, pulse power, short pulse lasers)
    • Diagnostics

It is expected that the following details will be covered: characteristics of HED matter, characteristics of ICF, pulse power and short pulse laser platforms), HED diagnostics, computational capabilities, all aspects of nuclear astrophysics, nuclear EOS and phase transitions, nuclear processes (screening, energy loss, excitation (NEEC), synthesis), light ion reactions (fusion, R-matrix), heavy ion reactions (fission, R-matrix).