Zach Fussell

Status: Physics Masters Student
Project: Shock Recovery of High Pressure Bismuth Phases
Advisor: Oliver Tschauner
zachary.fussell@unlv.edu

Education: Physics B.S. UNLV

Zach Fussell

Research: I am interested in the shock compression of various materials, with particular interest in local states achieved near defects during shock. My current project is looking at the shock recovered phase distribution in polycrystalline bismuth. We use a single stage light gas gun to launch a sabot/flyer into the sample assembly. This sample assembly is loaded on a momentum trap, which slows the sample gradually so it can be studied post shock. A small-bore size allows us to utilize materials such as rhenium to increase shock pressure at reasonable cost. In house scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction are used for initial analysis and continued analysis is done at the APS sector 16 IDB X-ray micro-diffraction beamline.

Awards:

  • NSTec Site Directed Research and Development funding: 2015-2016
  • NSTec Site Directed Research and Development funding: 2016-2017

Poster Presentations:

2016 Stewardshiop Science Academic Programs Symposium (SSAP) — Pressure induced phase transition in titanium: A first-principles study

2016 Meteoritical Society Annual Meeting — Novel pre-shock diagnostic tools for defects in heterogeneous materials

2017 SSAP – Shock-Recovery of High-Pressure Bismuth Phases

2017 Hypervelocity Impact Symposium (HVIS) – Shock-Recovery of High-Pressure Bismuth Phases

2017 APS Shock Compression of Condensed Matter (SCCM) — Shock-Recovery of High-Pressure Bismuth Phases

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