Joint Workshop on High Pressure, Planetary, and Plasma Physics

24–26 September 2014
Rostock, Germany

The main objective of this workshop is to bring together scientists from different fields of expertise to discuss topics related to the research fields of high pressure, planetary, and plasma physics. Earlier workshops were held at DESY Hamburg (2012) and DLR Berlin (2013).

The aim of the present workshop is to discuss scientific questions with relevance for extreme planetary environments in terms of high pressure (HP) and high temperature (HT). These conditions are prevalent in the deep interiors and atmospheric envelopes of solar system planets and satellites and massive solid and gas giant extrasolar planets, respectively, and are not fully accessible by conventional experimental and theoretical methods.

New and enabling techniques to be used in the HP/HT regime are based on the combination of intense pulsed x-ray sources with pulsed sample excitation, in particular but not exclusively related to high energy optical lasers. Simultaneously, ab initio simulations for matter under extreme conditions provide a more and more predictive data set for planetary interiors in this HP/HT regime.

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