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High-Energy-Density Physics Summer Student Program

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The High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) Summer Student Program prepares graduate and undergraduate students for experimental, theoretical, and computational research in many disciplines, such as

  • Astrophysics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Turbulence
  • Plasma physics
  • Inertial confinement physics
  • Radiation/particle transport

Each year, about two to three dozen students join this dynamic environment. Each is assigned a research mentor and a project that coincides with the student's research interests. The interns have the opportunity to interact with staff scientists, give oral presentations, and learn about other interesting research at LLNL. Internships are available for three-month time frames during the summer.

Interns use state-of-the-art research facilities including lasers, pulse power machines, and massively parallel supercomputers. The student employee program includes a summer lecture series and other technical and social activities.

Sample Projects


Water entrainment in nuclear detonations

Laser-Plasma interactions

Acceleration of radiative transfer

Optimizing calculational memory management

Lunar formation impact

2018 students


Laser melting physics

High-Order Lagrangian hydrodynamics

ICF capsules instability growth

Rayleigh–Taylor mixing

Additional Student Employment Opportunities

Many summer job openings are posted through one of the scientific discipline organizations such as Computation, Engineering, and Physical and Life Sciences within the Laboratory, with assignments directly contributing to the fundamental research needed for our national security mission. Find additional opportunities and information: