Los Alamos National LaboratoryDense Plasma Theory
Microphysical properties of dense, strongly coupled, and quantum plasmas

Research Areas

The objective of our research is to achieve a theoretical understanding of the microscopic properties of dense, strongly coupled plasmas and of their consequences on the macroscopic properties such as transport.

  • plasma regime

    Introduction to Dense Plasmas

    The basic physical parameters that characterize dense and strongly-coupled plasmas and present numerous examples of such systems in astrophysics or created in the laboratory.

  • one component plasma

    The One Component Plasma Model

    Like the hard-sphere model in the theory of simple liquids, the one-component plasma (OCP) is the reference model in the study of strongly coupled Coulomb systems. Despite its apparent simplicity, the OCP captures the characteristic features of strong Coulomb interactions in plasmas.

  • plasma regime

    Finite Temperature Orbital-free Density Functional Theory

    Density functional theory is a formally exact description of a many-body quantum system through the density alone. In practice, approximations are necessary and here we describe our recent efforts towards an approach that is fast and accurate.

  • plasma regime

    Transport Properties

    Transport properties of a material describe how a physical quantity is transferred through the system. For example we are interested in diffusivity, viscosity and thermal conductivity, which describe the transfer of matter, momentum and energy respectively.

  • Boltzmann

    Kinetic Theory

    Kinetic theory attempts to describe and predict the macroscopic properties of gases and liquids in terms of the microscopic interactions and motions of its constituent molecules. The derivation of a kinetic equation for strongly coupled Coulomb systems has so far eluded us. 

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