PSFC's Chikang Li and an international team of researachers have reproduced critical conditions of collisionless shocks in the laboratory, allowing for detailed study of the processes taking place within giant cosmic smashups.
Officially entitled the Center for Advanced Nuclear Diagnostics and Platforms for Inertial ICF and HEDP at Omega, NIF and Z, the new Center will focus on the properties of plasma under extreme conditions of temperature, density and pressure.
A measurement technique developed at MIT was recently used to demonstate the existence of turbulent dynamo in the laboratory for the first time. The findings are reported in an article published this week in Nature Communications.
Three members of MIT's PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics Division Richard Petrasso, Chikang Li, and Fredrick Seguin — were honored with the APS John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research.
PSFC's Richard Petrasso, Chikang Li, and Fredrick Seguin were selected to share the award for “the pioneering use of proton radiography to reveal new aspects of flows, instabilities, and fields in high-energy-density (HED) plasmas.”
“How do you design an experiment on Earth to explain mysteries that are happening 6500 light years away, and stretching over thirteen light years of space?” PSFC senior research scientist Chikang Li shows how to experiment on the crab nebula in the lab.