Department of Physics and Astronomy
Zach joined HiPSEC in June of 2016 after completing his undergraduate in physics, December of 2015 at UNLV. During his undergraduate course work, Zach researched ultra high vacuum technology and electron transfer reactions between ions and molecules under Dr. Victor H.S. Kwong. He is also a skilled machinist having apprentice experience under Paul Ellison of the UNLV Physics, Research Apparatus Design and Fabrication shop. As a graduate student and member of HiPSEC, Zach is researching the low-Z systems known as high pressure ices (i.e. water, ammonia, methane) at extreme conditions by means of Laser-Heated Diamond Anvil Cells. This research is motivated by a need in the astronomy community to better understand the behavior of multicomponent systems at the extreme conditions found in the interiors of icy giant planets like Uranus and Neptune; as well as the discovery of exotic phases that may exist at such conditions. Techniques to do so involve in house probing methods such as high temperature Raman as well as beam time at HPCAT of Argonne National Laboratory to do complimentary X-Ray Diffraction with in situ laser heating.