National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA and DOE award nearly $14 million in research grants to explore extreme states of matter

November 20, 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and DOE’s Office of Science have awarded 26 research grants totaling $13.8 million to support work related to High-Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP).

“NNSA and DOE are major drivers of innovation and discovery,” said Charles P. Verdon, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “Both organizations are proud to support cutting-edge research that not only solidifies the foundation of scientific understanding upon which our national security capabilities are built, but also enhances our understanding of how nature works.”

HEDLP explores the behavior of matter at extreme conditions, including temperature, density, and pressure. Researchers study ionized matter in laboratory experiments where the stored energy reaches approximately 100 billion joules per cubic meter. This research has applications in fields like astrophysics and planetary science, the study of matter at the atomic scale, and plasma science – including how plasma interacts with lasers and magnetic fields.

Following a rigorous peer review by outside experts, 26 projects were selected for funding awards ranging from one to three years. The grants are funded by a joint program established in 2008 to better leverage federal investments in research that advances our understanding of energy and matter. The grants also serve as an excellent recruitment tool – introducing rising stars of the scientific community to NNSA National Laboratories just as they are about to enter the workforce.

A full list of projects can be found here