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Sandia Physicist Accepts First Joint Appointment with WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. – Sandia National Laboratories physicist Marcus Knudson is the first joint faculty appointee to serve both Sandia and Washington State University. Using Sandia’s unique Z machine, he will enhance fundamental research into the compression of materials under extreme conditions.

“This agreement for a joint position across both institutions will push forward the frontiers of high-energy-density science,” said Rob Leland, Sandia vice president for science and technology. “The science of dynamic material compression is a core capability at Sandia. Washington State University also has a long tradition of excellence in research and education in this area.”

“Dr. Knudson’s appointment will be a tremendous resource for WSU graduate students and will provide more research opportunities for them,” said Daryll DeWald, dean of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences. “This joint position will help pave the way for new and beneficial partnerships between national laboratories and research universities across the country.”

To read the entire press release, please click here.

Dr. Knudson’s research was recently featured in a Physics Today article.  He and his colleagues used Sandia’s Z machine to address an 80-year-old condensed-matter-physics problem.

Liquid Deuterium Pressured into Becoming Metallic – to read the Physics Today article about Dr. Knudson’s research, please click here.

To read more information about Dr. Knudson, please click here.

Institute for Shock Physics’ Lecture Series

On a regular basis, the Institute invites guest scientists from the DOE/NNSA and DoD Laboratories and other academic institutions to present lectures in the general area of condensed matter at extreme conditions.  All are welcome to attend these lectures held in the ISP Seminar Room, 201, unless otherwise noted.  Please continue to check back for updates to the Institute’s lecture schedule.

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015:  Dr. Marcus Knudson, Sandia National Laboratories, “Direct Observation of an Abrupt Insulator-to-Metal Transition in Dense Liquid Deuterium“.  To view the seminar announcement, please click here.
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016: Dr. Dana Dattelbaum, Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The Odd Behavior in Ozone UV Photodissociation.”
  • Friday, July 29, 2016: Dr. Ellen Cerreta, Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The Influence of Microstructure on the Dynamic Phase Transformation in Zr and Ti.”
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016:  Dr. Jon Belof, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, “Solidification of Water Under Dynamic Compression: Theory and Modelling.”
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016: Dr. Eric Brown, Los Alamos National Laboratory, “Shock Compression and Strain Rate Effect in Semi-Crystalline Polymers.”

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