A $2.5M, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the DOE Office of Science has been won by researcher Stephanie Hansen (in Sandia’s ICF Target Design Dept.) for her fundamental science proposal, “Non-equilibrium atomic physics in high energy density material,” an approach to improve simulation tools used to design high-energy experiments in dense, hot plasmas, as well as the diagnostic tools used to interpret data from them.
“I’m interested in the states of matter created at a variety of advanced radiation facilities, because every time an experiment is run in a new regime, we are surprised by the results,” Hansen said. “Understanding the properties of such extreme states of matter is where this project is going,” said Hansen, who holds a BA in philosophy, a BS in physics, and a PhD in physics, all summa cum laude from the University of Nevada–Reno.
Early Career Research Program awards support investigations into advanced scientific computing research, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental research, fusion-energy sciences, high-energy physics, and nuclear physics. For the 2014 award, 35 winners were chosen by peer review from ~750 proposals.
Read the Sandia news release.