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Focusing on high-energy-density physics

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Leading the effort to study extreme matter

Our Academics
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Bridging chemistry, engineering, physics, and astronomy

Our Research


High-energy-density physics lets us study and understand how atoms react under extremely high-pressure conditions.

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Laser Lab

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics is home to the OMEGA laser, the world’s largest university-based laser.

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Degree Programs

We offer PhD programs with concentrations in high-energy-density physics, plasma physics, and inertial confinement fusion studies.

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Feature Story

Future physicists experience research firsthand during internship at Rochester

The University of Rochester’s Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP) hosted an internship program this summer for seven high school students from area schools, including East High School and Benjamin Franklin High School in the Rochester City School District. The students spent five weeks on campus as part of a program that offers underrepresented high school students opportunities to learn about high-energy-density physics, perform lab experiments, and work on projects with Rochester physics and astronomy graduate students. The experience culminated with the students presenting research posters.

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