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Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering

Welcome to the website of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering! MIPSE is a community of faculty, staff and students at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University whose research and education programs are devoted to the advancement of the science and technology of plasmas. The breadth of research is impressive – from laser produced plasmas for particle acceleration to plasmas in the earth’s magnetosphere. We take pride in the excellence of the research and in the resulting societal benefits.

3D simulation results from the CRASH (Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics) of a radiative shock formed in an elliptical shock tube. One fourth of the experimental domain is shown. The radiative shock is formed when a high-energy laser is incident on a thin beryllium disk, which behaves as a piston to compress Xe gas in an elliptical shock tube. Radiative fluxes become significant as compared to material energy fluxes in this system. Simulation results shown include the material components, mesh refinement and radiation temperature of the system.


Being a focal point for university-wide activities in plasmas, MIPSE: