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Ryan R. Wixom

Ryan Wixom

Phone (505) 845-7253


  • Materials
  • Dynamic loading
  • High explosive science
  • Electron microscopy
  • Equation of state (EOS)
  • Shock physics
  • Hydrodynamic analysis
  • Condensed matter theory
  • CINT
  • Prediction: theory, modeling and computational techniques
  • Theory Analysis: visualization and data reduction
  • Characterization


Multiscale simulation and materials characterization


Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Utah, 2004

B.S., Mateirals Science, University of Utah, 1999



Complete List of Publications: Google Scholar

Selected Publications:

Shock interactions with heterogeneous energetic materials, CD Yarrington, RR Wixom, DL Damm, Journal of Applied Physics 123 (10), 105901 (2018)

High‐Fidelity Microstructural Characterization and Performance Modeling of Aluminized Composite Propellant, GD Kosiba, RR Wixom, MA Oehlschlaeger, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 42 (12), 1387-1395 (2017)

Extended asymmetric hot region formation due to shockwave interactions following void collapse in shocked high explosive, TR Shan, RR Wixom, AP Thompson, Physical Review B 94 (5), 054308 (2016)

Nanoparticle Triaminotrinitrobenzene Fabricated by Carbon Dioxide Assisted Nebulization with a Bubble Dryer, PJ Hotchkiss, RR Wixom, AS Tappan, DM Rosenberg, MD Zelenok, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 39 (3), 402-406 (2014)

Atomistic simulation of orientation dependence in shock-induced initiation of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, TR Shan, RR Wixom, AE Mattsson, AP Thompson, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 117 (3), 928-936 (2013)

Microstructure Evolution during Crystallization of Vapor‐Deposited Hexanitroazobenzene Films, R Knepper, K Browning, RR Wixom, AS Tappan, MA Rodriguez, MK Alam, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 37 (4), 459-467 (2012)

Characterization of pore morphology in molecular crystal explosives by focused ion-beam nanotomography, RR Wixom, AS Tappan, AL Brundage, R Knepper, MB Ritchey, …, Journal of Materials Research 25 (7), 1362-1370 (2010)

First principles site occupation and migration of hydrogen, helium, and oxygen in β-phase erbium hydride, RR Wixom, JF Browning, CS Snow, PA Schultz, DR Jennison, Journal of Applied Physics 103 (12), 123708 (2008)

Electronic surface error in the Si interstitial formation energy, AE Mattsson, RR Wixom, R Armiento, Physical Review B 77 (15), 155211 (2008)

Formation energies, binding energies, structure, and electronic transitions of Si divacancies studied by density functional calculations, RR Wixom, AF Wright, Physical Review B 74 (20), 205208 (2006)

Te surfactant effects on the morphology of patterned (0 0 1) GaAs homoepitaxy, RR Wixom, LW Rieth, GB Stringfellow, Journal of crystal growth 269 (2-4), 276-283 (2004)

Sb and Bi surfactant effects on homo-epitaxy of GaAs on (001) patterned substrates, RR Wixom, LW Rieth, GB Stringfellow, Journal of crystal growth 265 (3-4), 367-374 (2004)

Theory of Sb-induced triple-period ordering in GaInP, RR Wixom, GB Stringfellow, NA Modine, Physical Review B 64 (20), 201322 (2001)