November 13, 2023
Under extreme pressures, matter defies the rules of physics as we know it.
November 10, 2023
Adam Frank writes in Big Think, “Scientists are studying ultra-high-pressure regimes in the Universe, not through traditional means like physical compression, but by using lasers. The Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester uses a powerful 60-beam Omega laser system to deliver concentrated energy to targets, mimicking the conditions of exoplanet interiors and star centers.”
July 1, 2023
CMAP hosted a one-week residential program for undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country to learn more about the physics of extreme states of matter.
Ian Ocampo, a graduate student in the High-Pressure Mineral Physics Laboratory at Princeton University, has been awarded the 2023-24 Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship.
May 24, 2023
The second CMAP Annual Meeting, hosted at the University of Rochester on River Campus, was a gathering of the CMAP team partner organizations. We welcomed guests from California State University Northridge; University of Chicago; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Sandia National Laboratories; University of California, Santa Cruz; Imperial College London; and University of Oxford.
May 19, 2023
Adam Frank writes in Big Think, “For decades, planetary science was firm on the fact that Jupiter has a rocky core. New data extracted directly from the king of planets by the Juno spacecraft challenged that long-held standard.”
January 6, 2023
The Flash Center for Computational Science offers researchers worldwide access to a computer code that simulates phenomena in astrophysics, high-energy-density science, and fusion research.
January 3, 2023
Adam Frank writes in The Atlantic, “But across its millennia-long history, astronomy has always been a science of separation.”
December 13, 2022
The major breakthrough of achieving ignition is cause for celebration at Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics as well.
September 19, 2022
The famous Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebulae—a star nursery—are believed to result from the hydrodynamic instabilities that form when plasmas are exposed to high intensity light from neighboring stars.
September 15, 2022
For the first time University of Rochester researchers have quantified the energy of ocean currents larger than 1,000 kilometers. In the process, they and their collaborators have discovered that the most energetic is the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, some 9,000 kilometers in diameter.
September 12, 2022
This is the second of a series of conversations on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson about what it means to be a scientist. Our guests describe what it’s like to be new CMAP graduate students.
August 26, 2022
How do you study the innards of alien worlds? You just need the world’s largest laser. Produced with Vox Media and science reporter Adam Cole, this piece examines how CMAP researchers design laser experiments at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and National Ignition Facility to recreate the interiors of planets and stars and create revolutionary states of matter.
July 28, 2022
The phase changes that materials undergo during experiments at extreme conditions can shed light on the formation and composition of exoplanets and other celestial bodies, including the inner core of Earth. University of Rochester researchers are helping develop automated deep-learning computer vision techniques to expedite the analysis of the trillions of bytes of data generated by these experiments.
May 6, 2022
The first CMAP Annual Meeting, hosted at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, was a gathering of the CMAP team from MIT, Princeton, the Universities of California at Berkeley and Davis, the University at Buffalo, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. We welcomed guest presenters from Howard University and Washington State University as well.
May 3, 2022
This is the first of a series of conversations on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson about what it means to be a scientist. Our guests, UR Professor Adam Frank and three CMAP graduate students, describe their own paths into the field.
March 1, 2022
New work led by Carnegie’s Earth and Planets Laboratory, including the research team of Thomas Duffy of Princeton University, uses lab-based mimicry to reveal a new crystal structure that has major implications for our understanding of the interiors of large, rocky exoplanets.
February 16, 2022
Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank discusses why cognitive activity operating on a planetary scale is necessary to tackle global issues such as climate change.
February 1, 2022
In the search for Earth-like planets, University of Rochester scientist Miki Nakajima turns to computer simulations of moon formations.
January 27, 2022
Tiny wobbles and faint twinkles that have led astronomers to nearly 5,000 new worlds.
January 24, 2022
In the last few years, scientists have discovered thousands of exoplanets – and a lot of them are surprisingly weird.
December 15, 2021
Research from the Laboratory for Laser Energetics paves the way for more accurate computer models, which are needed to understand the interior of planets and the physical properties of nuclear fusion.
October 31, 2021
The University of Rochester’s Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP) hosted an internship program this summer for local high school students.
A graduate student in the High Energy Density Physics Experiments Group at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and IMAXED/CMAP, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
August 19, 2021
University of Rochester scientists provide first direct measure of the phenomenon’s impact on Earth’s oceans.
August 9, 2021
On-air commentary, popular books, advising for Marvel—the award recognizes the Rochester astrophysicist’s ‘sustained efforts’ to make science broadly accessible.
June 1, 2021
New research at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics provides clues to the evolution of the solar system.
March 30, 2021
The lab group of Assistant Professor Ranga Dias at the University of Rochester, has synthesized new superconducting materials, developing processes that may help ‘break down barriers and open the door to many potential applications.’
March 8, 2021
CMAP focuses on understanding the physics and astrophysical implications of matter under pressures so high that the structure of individual atoms is disrupted.
January 27, 2021
Measuring carbon at the highest pressures ever achieved in a laboratory, researchers report first model of carbon structures that may make up planets outside the solar system.
January 4, 2021
The search for extraterrestrial life began more than 60 years ago, but “there was never sufficient funding or telescope time available to make a dent in the effort,” writes astrophysicist Adam Frank of the University of Rochester.
December 4, 2020
New clues lead to a better understanding of the evolution of the solar system and the origin of Earth as a habitable planet.
August 16, 2020
Work to understand astrophysical processes of white dwarf stars may offer ideas for creating new materials on Earth.
August 10, 2020
NSF awards $13 million for multi-university initiative to explore ‘revolutionary states of matter.’
October 10, 2019
Understanding how atoms react under high-pressure conditions—a field known as high-energy-density physics (HEDP)—can lead to the creation of new materials and give scientists valuable insights into the fields of astrophysics, energy, and national security.