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International Conference on HEDP/HEDLA-08

7th International Conference on High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics
1st International Conference on High Energy Density Physics

Dedicated Session April 11
Continuing April 12-15, 2008 with the
April Meeting of the American Physical Society
St. Louis, Mo., USA

The 7th International Conference on High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics (HEDLA-08) and the 1st International Conference on High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) will be held jointly on April 11-15, 2008, as part of the 2008 April American Physical Society (APS) meeting in St. Louis, MO. (April 11 will be a dedicated session. The regular April meeting sessions begin April 12.) HEDP science encompasses (1) high energy density (HED) astrophysics, (2) extreme HED physics (quark/gluon plasmas), and the new concentrations of (3) HED laboratory plasmas, and (4) ultrafast/ultraintense laser-matter interactions. Important applications of HEDP research include basic science, energy generation, biomedical science, material science, and advanced HED technologies research and development. HEDP science also spans fundamental topics from strong-field physics to creating new states of matter (including radiation-dominated, high-pressure quantum, and relativistic plasmas) and ultrafast lattice dynamics on the timescale of atomic transitions.

Over the past decade, HEDLA has grown to encompass (1) stellar evolution, stellar envelopes, opacities, radiation transport; (2) planetary interiors, high-pressure EOS, strongly-coupled degenerate plasmas, dense-plasma LTE and non-LTE atomic physics; (3) supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, exploding systems, strong shocks, turbulent mixing; (4) supernova remnants, shock processing, radiative shocks; (5) astrophysical jets, high-Mach-number flows, magnetized radiative jets, magnetic reconnection; (6) compact object accretion disks, x-ray photoionized plasmas, electron-positron pair plasma generation; and (7) ultrastrong fields, particle acceleration, relativistic plasmas, and collisionless shocks.

All HEDLA-08 conference presenters will be invited to submit papers for the refereed conference proceedings, to be published in the journal Astrophysics and Space Science (ApSS). For reference, the HEDLA-06 proceedings are available in ApSS, Vol. 307, Nos. 1-3 (Jan. 2007). Meeting details, deadlines, and organization will be posted on the HEDLA conference website at

We hope to see you at HEDP/HEDLA-08 in St. Louis, MO April 2008.

The abstract deadline is January 11, 2008.


  • American Physical Society

  • Co-Sponsors:

  • Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Agency