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# Zeev Zinamon

## Current Research Interests

1. The physics of strongly coupled plasma.

A plasma is considered strongly coupled if the interaction energy among

its constituents is not small compared with their kinetic energy. We

study the properties of these plasmas, such as the equation of state,

the diffusion processes, and the radiative opacity. Strongly coupled

plasmas occur in important phenomena: For example, liquid metals can be

considered as such. A possibly important application where strongly

coupled plasmas occur is inertial confinement fusion - the production

of nuclear fusion energy through the compression and heating of

hydrogen isotopes by intense radiation. We study plasmas related to

both these examples.

2. The interaction of energetic charged particles with matter.

We study the interaction of simple (ions) and complex (clusters, large

molecules) energetic particles with matter. By studying the energy

deposition and trajectories one can learn about the dielectric

properties of the target matter and about the structure of the

projectile particles. An example of our studies is the application of

intense ion beams to the achievement of inertial confinement fusion.

References:

Z. Zinamon and Y. Rosenfeld, Electron correlation effects and the

equation of state of shocked liquid deuterium, Phys. Rev. Lett.

81, 4668 (1998).

E. Nardi, Z. Zinamon, D. Riley, and N. C. Woolsey, X ray scattering

as a dense plasma diagnostic, Phys. Rev. E 57, 4693 (1998).

E. Nardi and Z. Zinamon, Interaction of fast C60 clusters with a

Lindhard gas, Phys. Rev. A 51, R3407 (1995).