High energy density is broadly defined as the regime near and beyond 10^11 J/m3, consistent with the definition found in the US National Academy of Sciences report "High Energy Density Physics". The science addressed includes laboratory studies relevant to planetary interiors, astrophysical phenomena, inertial fusion, and quark-gluon plasmas and incorporates studies of material properties and both stable and unstable hydrodynamics. Developments in associated theoretical areas such as the modelling of strongly coupled, partially degenerate and relativistic plasmas, will also be covered by the journal.
Interest in High Energy Density Physics has increased dramatically over the last few years due to the prospect of facilities that will improve the laboratory exploration of extreme conditions. These facilities include advanced high-energy lasers, ultra-intense ultra-short-pulse lasers, pulsed power machines, and intense short-pulse X-ray free-electron lasers. Developments in the field are occurring throughout the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
"High Energy Density Physics is an exciting and expanding area of science that is attracting a new generation of scientists. Elsevier and the editors are initiating this journal to provide a natural home for both the research findings of those working in this expanding area of science and as a resource for those who wish to stay informed," said Richard Lee and Steven Rose, Editors-in-Chief of High Energy Density Physics.
About the Editors
Richard W. Lee initially studied quantum statistical mechanics at the University of Florida and moved to theoretical plasma spectroscopy at Imperial College in London over the next 12 years. Since moving to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory he has worked on high-energy laser matter spectroscopy and currently is engaged in the development of high energy density experiments and analysis capabilities.
Steven Rose started his research career in Oxford University studying the effect of relativity on the electronic structure of atoms and ions. Following this for the last twenty five years he has worked at the two national laser facilities in the UK (at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and AWE, Aldermaston) using experiments to test models of the electronic structure of partially-ionised laboratory plasmas. He is currently on secondment from AWE as a Visiting Professor of Plasma Physics at Oxford University.
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Notes to Editors:
In honour of the launch Elsevier has made Volume 1, Issue 1 freely available online via ScienceDirect - www.sciencedirect.com.
Details of the full Aims & Scope, the prestigious international Editorial Board and Author Instructions are also available online, via www.elsevier.com/locate/hedp. Subsequent issues of High Energy Density Physics will be available in print and/or electronically for a subscription fee.
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