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Matter at extreme conditions

Its application to fundamental science and support of U.S. nuclear security

The study of matter at extreme conditions of pressure and temperature is central to many fundamental and exciting scientific challenges in the physical sciences. It provides the foundational research for addressing significant national security objectives related to both military (conventional and nuclear security) and energy (fusion, mining, oil and gas production) needs.

At the WSU Institute for Shock Physics, researchers investigate the fundamental response of materials under extreme conditions, related theory and computational modeling, and the development of advanced materials. Scientists collaborate with universities and national laboratories in the United States and abroad.

Research areas

  • Fundamental material response at extremes of pressure and temperature
  • Computational advances related to the dynamic response of materials
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    The WSU shock physics effort has a more than 55-year history of research innovation. Professor Gupta’s research explores the dynamic response of materials subjected to extreme conditions of pressure and temperature, and at very short time scales. Research at the Institute is often carried out in partnership with scientists at U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Department of … » More …

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