The Flash Center for Computational Science has been
home to several cross-disciplinary computational
research projects in its 20-year existence.
Anchoring our work is the FLASH code, an open
radiation MHD simulation code for plasma physics and
astrophysics with a wide international user base.
Research projects include the on-going development
of the FLASH code, the study of astrophysical
processes mediated by magnetic fields, HPC
simulation campaigns on the largest supercomputers
in the world, and our breakthrough Laboratory
Astrophysics experiments at the world's largest
laser facilities. READ
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The Flash Center Code Group is pleased to announce the release of an updated version of the FLASH code: FLASH 4.7! The DOWNLOAD is available to all with a username and password. For new users, or to update your email address, please initiate a CODE REQUEST.
Release on EurekAlert!, By Clea Boorman,
University of Oxford, March 9, 2022
The inner workings of heat conduction in galaxy clusters have been unravelled by a collaboration of international researchers led by the University of Oxford, University of Rochester and the University of Chicago... Read here the University of Oxford press release, as well as the press releases from the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where the experiments took place.
*Also read our paper in Science Advances
We are pleased and excited to announce that, as of October 25, 2021, the Flash Center for Computational Science officially moved from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago to the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Rochester! Read more about the move HERE, as well as the University of Rochester, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and the LaserNetUS websites.
The Flash Center's Director, Petros Tzeferacos received a research award from the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research program, in support of the Center's research in high-energy-density (HED) magnetized plasma turbulence. Read more about it HERE on LLE's website.
Newscenter, By Lindsey Valich, March 11, 2021
Laser-driven experiments conducted on the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester capture for the first time in a laboratory setting the time history of the growth of magnetic fields by the turbulent dynamo... READ HERE THE PRESS RELEASE...
*Also read our paper in PNAS
The Flash Center's Director, Petros Tzeferacos was awarded $2 million to provide ARPA-E BETHE projects with theory and modeling capabilities for new fusion experiments and concepts. Read more about it HERE on UR's Newscenter.
The Flash Center's Business Administrator Ellen Harder is in the Spotlight HERE on UChicago's Physical Sciences Division Website.
NEWS, July 12, 2019
PETROS TZEFERACOS and DONALD LAMB are among the recipients of the American Physical Society’s 2019 Dawson Award for their “innovative experiments that demonstrate turbulent dynamo in the laboratory, establishing laboratory experiments as a component in the study of turbulent magnetized plasmas, and opening a new path to laboratory investigations of other astrophysical processes.”
The Flash Center Code Group is pleased to announce the release of an updated version of the FLASH code: FLASH 4.6! The DOWNLOAD is available to all with a username and password. For new users, or to update your email address, please initiate a CODE REQUEST.
PSD Press Release, October 29, 2018
As The Flash Center celebrates its 20th anniversary, Research Assistant Professor Petros Tzeferacos steps into his new role as Director.
READ THE ARTICLE AT THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES DIVISION WEBSITE
News, By Robert Mitchum, February 9, 2018
Flash Center astrophysicists demonstrate turbulent dynamo, the mechanism thought to generate cosmic magnetic fields, using world’s most powerful lasers... READ THE ARTICLE AT UCHICAGO NEWS...
*Also read our paper in NATURE COMMUNICATIONS
News, By Robert Mitchum, January 4, 2018
Flash Center and MIT scientists describe a new method for acquiring quantitative, high-resolution information about magnetic fields... READ THE ARTICLE AT UCHICAGO NEWS...
*Also read our paper in REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS
The Flash Center Code Group is pleased to announce the release of an updated version of the FLASH code: FLASH 4.5! This update has a moderate amount of changes from FLASH 4.4, and a number of new features. The DOWNLOAD is available to all with a username and password. For new users, or to update your email address, please initiate a CODE REQUEST.
VIEW A PHOTO HERE of the team at the National Laser Users Facility and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester.
Magnetic fields are everywhere in the universe, from the
Sun and other stars, to galaxies and clusters of
galaxies. But the origin of these magnetic fields, and
why they are as strong as they are, remain a mystery.
Nonlinear amplification of seed magnetic fields by
turbulence is a widely invoked explanation for how
cosmic magnetic fields become as strong as we observe
them to be. But this mechanism – which is called the
turbulent dynamo – has never been demonstrated in the
Now, an international team of scientists led by the Flash Center for Computational Science has been awarded time at the Omega laser – one of the most powerful lasers in the world – to create a magnetized turbulent plasma and see if the seed magnetic fields are amplified by an enormous amount, as scientists have postulated. To do this, the team fires intense lasers at two targets, creating two plasma jets that each flow through a grid and become turbulent. The jets then collide, making the plasma even more turbulent. The experiment is expected to produce magnetic Reynolds numbers Rm > 1000 – far greater than the value Rm > 200 theorists say is needed for the turbulent dynamo mechanism to work.
The international scientific team conducting the experiment includes members from the University of Oxford, UK; the University of Rochester; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Ecole Polytechnique, France; and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea; as well as the Flash Center at the University of Rochester. The experiment at the Omega laser and the Flash Center’s research in high energy density physics are both supported by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.