See below the latest updates from the Oxford Centre for High Energy Density Science.

Group highlight

28 September 2023

AWE William Penney fellow wins international honour

Professor Peter Norreys has been awarded the American Nuclear Society's Edward Teller Medal.


Research highlight (HEDLine)

Plasticity mechanisms and pole plots generated from molecular dynamics simulations of shocked tantalum and copper.21 June 2022

Slip-slip competition: plasticity causes rotation, except when it doesn't

A combined computational-experimental study shows how competition between rivalling slip systems in a dynamically compressed metal can suppress lattice rotation.

Who we are

The Oxford Centre for High Energy Density Science (OxCHEDS) brings together research groups from across the Atomic and Laser Physics subdepartment (and beyond) with an interest in the study of matter under extreme temperature and pressure conditions.

Within Oxford, the centre is composed of the following six academics and their respective groups:

The OxCHEDS consortium also includes a number of national partners (in particular, AWE Aldermaston) in addition to a network of international collaborators.

What we do

At OxCHEDS, we study the behaviour of matter at the kinds of extraordinary temperatures and pressures usually encountered only in planetary or stellar interiors. With the aid of high-power lasers, we are able to generate exceptionally hot and dense matter (often found in the plasma state) in the laboratory, and to examine it, often using ultrafast x-ray scattering techniques made possible by fourth-generation light sources. This allows us to study matter under stellar-core or even supernova-explosion-like conditions, to develop novel plasma accelerators, to ignite controlled nuclear fusion reactions, to compress solid matter to incredible densities, and to explore exotic high-field physics that manifests only at exceptionally high energy densities.


HEDLines showcases interesting and important high-energy-density research carried out within OxCHEDS and its partner research groups. Each HEDLine summarises the research undertaken in 500 words or fewer. Research areas covered include plasma accelerators, laboratory astrophysics, inertial confinement fusion, dynamic compression, and high-field physics.

Want to know what OxCHEDS is up to? Then look no further!