Shock Compression Seminar Series

As the ongoing pandemic is reducing the scientific exchanges occurring for most researchers, the APS Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter (GSCCM) is starting a virtual seminar series on shock physics. We hope that these seminars will expose researchers in the field to topics that are new to them as well as showcase some of the latest results in the field. We will strive to include researchers across the entire ranges of topics studied in the group as well as have speakers at different stages of their careers. Initially, we intend to hold seminars monthly, but we will consider adjusting that based on the reception they receive. Seminars will be hosted by APS through Zoom.

We would also like to solicit nominations for future seminars and anticipate having a mix of a single speaker or two speakers during an hour time slot. Please email your nominations to Tracy Vogler.

GSCCM Virtual Seminar Series Organizing Committee:
Minta Akin, Dana Dlott, Dan Eakins, Christopher "Kit" Neel, Laura Smilowitz, and Tracy Vogler

Recent and Upcoming Seminars

Date: Speaker: Title:
March 8, 2022
12 pm EST

Professor Ivan Oleynik,
University of South Florida

Carbon at Extreme Conditions: Discovery Science with Big Computers and Machine-Learning
February 14, 2022
1 pm EST
Professor K.T. Ramesh,
Johns Hopkins University
An integrative model for the impact
response of ceramics and geomaterials
December 7, 2021

Dr. Belinda Pacheco,
University of Illinois/Los Alamos National Laboratory


Dr. Silvia Pandolfi,
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Observing and Modeling Hot Spots in Individual Explosive Crystals with Shock Compression Microscopy

Direct Proof of Inelastic Shear Release in Silicon under Laser-Driven Shock Compression
November 9, 2021 Dr. Michael Zellner,
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Proton Radiography for Electromagnetic Visualization
September 14, 2021 Dr. Bill Proud,
Imperial College London
The Dynamic Response of Biological and Associated Materials
(Video) (Abstract)
August 10, 2021 Dr. Dana Dattelbaum,
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dynamic Materials Science at High Brilliance X-ray Light Sources
July 13, 2021
Professor Keith Nelson,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Optically Excited and Monitored Laterally Propagating Shock Waves
June 8, 2021 Professor Neil Bourne,
The University of Manchester (UK)
Stressing So Much That Defects Don't Matter
May 18, 2021 Dr Bryan Henson,
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Classical chemical kinetics in shock physics: Rate constants,
order and applications in initiation and detonation
(Video) (Abstract)
April 20, 2021 Dr. Yogi Gupta,
Washington State University
Shock Compression of Materials: Continuum to Atomic Scale Understanding
February 9, 2021 Dr. Marcus Knudson,
Sandia National Laboratories 
Coupling the Sandia Z Machine and Condensed Matter Theory to
Understand Extreme Dynamic Compression Experiments
(Video) (Abstract)
January 13, 2021 Dr. Christopher Molek and Dr. Christopher "Kit" Neel,
Air Force Research Laboratory
HMX Solvent Inclusion: Implications on Initiation Sensitivity?
Gun-driven, short-pulse explosive initiation experiments
(Abstract) (Video available upon request)
December 7, 2020 Dr. Megan Syal,
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Planetary Defense
(Video) (Abstract)
November 10, 2020 Professor Dana Dlott,
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Watching Solids and Liquids Through the Ultrafast Shock Compression