Teaching/student projects

Class teaching 

  • Spring 2013-2017 – Phys 461/661 Optics for undergrad and graduate students
  • Fall 2016 – Phys 483/683 Introduction to High Energy Density Physics & Laser Fusion (7 grads, 8 undergrads)
  • Fall 2015 – Phys 725 Laser Physics for graduate students
  • Fall 2014 – Phys 771 High Energy Density Physics (ICF, HEDP) for graduate students
  • Fall 2013 – Phys 484/684 Introduction to High Energy Density Physics for undergrad and graduate students

Student research projects 
B. Largent, MS (2017)
Numerical Investigation of Magnetically Driven Isentropic Compression of Solid Aluminum Cylinders with a Semi- Analytical Code

C. Peterson, BS (2015)
Design of Laser Pulse Shaping for Direct Drive Inertial Confinement Fusion

B. Griffin, BS (2014)
Investigation of energy partitioning from Leopard short-pulse laser interactions in mass limited targets


A senior thesis project usually takes at least a year. For UNR undergraduate students who are interested in working with me on high energy density physics, please contact to hsawada at unr.edu or walk in my office.

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