NCET Tech Wednesday – Zebra Pulsed Power Laboratory – Mar 11

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Zebra Pulsed Power Laboratory

Nevada Terawatt

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
5:30–6 p.m.: Networking
6–7:30 p.m.: Presentations & Tour

Where can you see a Zebra and a Leopard that generate as much heat as the sun? Just a little bit north of Reno at the Zebra Pulsed Power Laboratory (ZPPL).

Formerly known as the Nevada Terawatt Facility, the University of Nevada, Reno, established the lab in 2000. Supported primarily by the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy, its mission was to conduct research and to train students in the field of high-energy-density science, the study of the behavior of matter subject to conditions of extreme temperature and density.

Today, the Zebra Pulsed Power Lab is where high-quality basic research in the area of high-energy-density physics happens. The research studies matter under extreme conditions of temperature and density.

Special research equipment is needed to produce such extreme conditions in the laboratory: a Zebra and a Leopard. The Zebra Pulsed-Power Generator uses a two terawatt, pulsed electrical discharge device to drive an electric pulse with a rise time of approximately 100 nano-seconds and current of one million amperes through a fine wire, array of wires, or a solid/gas-filled target. The Zebra creates a hot, dense plasma that graduate students and researchers can study.

To support and expand the ZPPL’s research capabilities, the lab also includes a 50-terawatt short-pulse laser on-site, named Leopard. The Leopard laser can create hot, dense plasmas on its own, or it can work coupled with the Zebra.

See where University of Nevada, Reno researchers, and scientists investigate the fourth state of matter, plasma, under conditions similar to those occurring in the interiors of stars, nuclear fusion reactors, and lightning bolts. It all happens at the Zebra Pulsed Power Laboratory, located in Stead, which participants can explore during this Tech Wednesday.

See it all during this Tech Wednesday!

Please note that each attendee will need to sign a Liability Waiver when they arrive at Nevada Terawatt.


Zebra Pulsed Power Laboratory

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
5:30 – 6:00 pm Networking
6:00 – 7:30 pm Presentations and Tour

• $20 – NCET members
• $30 – General Admission
• $10 – Children under 18 accompanied by a parent or adult guardian

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Zebra Pulsed Power Laboratory
5625 Fox Avenue
Reno, NV 89506 (map)

The fine print:

  • You must pay for your ticket at the time of registration.
  • No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless canceled at least 48 hours before the event.

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