Pulsed Power

  • Z Fundamental Science Program Workshop

    Research Opportunities and User Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Sunday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Z Machine
  • Astrophysics

  • Planetary Science

    Planetary Science
  • Dynamic Materials Science

    Dynamic Materials Science


Over the last few years, our ability to drive matter to unprecedented pressure / temperature states has produced significant new insights across many fields, including material science, planetary science, astrophysics, fusion science, radiation science, and plasma physics. Sandia’s Z facility is the premier facility in the world in the area of pulsed-power science and has unique capabilities to deliver high-precision data at extreme conditions. The Z facility is available to the academic community for fundamental science experiments and a first call for proposals was issued in 2010, a second call in 2015, and a third call will be issued in June 2017. Projects are selected after facility and scientific peer review. Close interactions with the international research community are crucial for continued success and improvements of the fundamental science program. The workshop is the eighth of a series of yearly workshops held on the topic of fundamental science in extreme environments.

Workshop Objectives

The 8th Fundamental Science with Pulsed Power: Research Opportunities and User Meeting will be held Sunday, July 16 (evening) through Wednesday, July 19 (all day).The User meeting component is for collaborative users to present the status of their research and to hear about the Z accelerator facility status and plans. Presentations by Sandia scientists will provide relevant information concerning facility capabilities, including experimental platforms, targets, and diagnostics. Current collaborative research areas are Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Materials Physics, and Magnetized High Energy Density (HED) Science that is relevant to Magnetized Inertial Fusion (MagLIF). 

The second component of the workshop provided an opportunity for current and prospective future collaborators to discuss research directions and ideas for new work on Z.

The student session returns and so does support for student participation at the workshop, see below.


Invited speakers to highlight timely research topics:

|  Aaron Bernstein  |  Patrick Dufour  |  Yingwei Fei  |   Matt Gomez  |   Stein Jacobsen  |  Steven Jacobsen  |  George Laity  | Jun-Fu Lin  | Guillaume Loisel   |  Roberto Mancini  Randy McKee  | Tai Nagayama  Marc Schaeuble  Charles Seyler  |  Sarah Stewart  Don Winget  |

Break-out sessions

Astrophysics, Planetary/Materials Science, Theory Beyond Resistive Magneto Hydrodynamics, Magnetized High Energy Density (HED) Science relevant to Magnetized Inertial Fusion (MagLIF), organized by:

Astrophysics: Don Winget and Jim Bailey

Planetary/Materials science: Luke Shulenburger and Joshua Townsend

Theory beyond resistive MHD: Thomas Gardiner and Allen Robinson website:

Magnetized HED: Paul Schmit


Click here to view the workshop agenda, to be updated as speakers are confirmed.

Student Session and travel support

A most important aspect of the Z Fundamental Science Program is the opportunity for students to participate on the research teams. During the last 5 years, students have developed experimental platforms and diagnostics, lead design reviews, and participated fully in fielding experiments on Z. Thanks to the NNSA Academic Programs we will be able to offer financial support to a number of students to attend the workshop. The student travel awards are administered by ORISE, for more information see the following link: Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

To apply for travel support, please submit the following application form to Vanessa Molina (  The deadline for student travel applications is May 31, 2017.  The student travel awards are administred by ORISE, for more information see the following link: SNL Student Travel Guidelines.

Call for proposals

Call for Proposals Package for the Z Facilities Fundamental Science Experiments for the Period April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 will be issued on June 15, 2017 with applications due on September 15, 2017. The proposals will undergo a facility review and a merit review from an independent review panel of knowledgeable scientists.