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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Facilities and Equipment

The Shock Physics Building was the first building on the WSU campus dedicated solely to research. The building was completed in 2003 and houses unique, state-of-the-art research facilities.

The 33,000 square foot building, designed specifically for shock wave and high pressure research, represents a unique facility among academic institutions. The research facilities and environment enhance the opportunity to conduct multidisciplinary research under one roof.

Research facilities dedicated to dynamic compression and static high pressure research include:

In each of the labs, state-of-the-art experimental diagnostics exist to measure changes in condense matter under dynamic and static high pressure, and non-linear wave propagation. In addition, excellent sample preparation and materials characterization facilities exist in the Institute.  For a detailed list of the equipment at the Institute, please click here.