Organization of the Center
The organizational structure of the Flash Center consists of the Management Group and the following two active research groups:
The High Energy Density Physics Group
The High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) Group uses the FLASH code to
simulate the physics of plasmas that are very hot and dense. The
primary research focus involves modeling experiments that study the
properties of self-generated magnetic fields in plasmas. This research
has relevance to basic science, cosmology/astrophysics, inertial
confinement fusion and fusion energy.
The Code Group
The Code Group is focused on adding capabilities to the FLASH code that enable HEDP simulations, in addition to maintaining the code that carries out the core astrophysics calculations. Its members include physicists, engineers and computer scientists. They are also responsible for porting, distribution and user support of the FLASH code.
Past Groups of the Center
The Supernova Astrophysics Group
The Astrophysics Group carried out simulations of Type Ia (thermonuclear-powered) and Type Ib/c and Type II (core collapse) supernovae and validated current models of these explosions against observations. The group also studied key physical processes in these events.
The Flash Center Management Group coordinates the activities of the
Center on a daily basis. The members of the
Management Group are Petros Tzeferacos (Director), Don Lamb (Associate Director), and Ellen Harder (Business Administrator).