Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Carolyn Kuranz
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Carolyn C. Kuranz

Associate Research Scientist

Center for Laser Experimental Astrophysical Research

Office: 1424A SRB
Phone: 734-615-6282
Fax: 734 647-3083
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A.B. 2002, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Majors: Physics (with Honors)
Advisor: Peter Beckmann

Ph.D, April 2009, Applied Physics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Advisor: R. Paul Drake

Specializations and Research Interests

High-Energy-Density Physics, Laboratory Astrophysics, Hydrodynamic Instabilities, Plasma Physics, Radiation Hydrodynamics

Professional Service

  • Member, Student/Postdoc Panel, Omega Laser User’s Group Meeting, Rochester, NY, May 2009
  • Member, NIF/Jupiter Users Group Panel, NIF/Jupiter User’s Group Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 2009
  • Member, Radiation dominated plasma and material properties panel, Research Needs
  • Workshop on High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas, Rockville, MD, November 2009
  • Member, Executive Committee for the American Physical Society Topical Group of Plasma Astrophysics
  • Member, Interface and shear instabilities panel, Workshop on Opportunities in Plasma Astrophysics, Princeton, NJ, January 2010
  • Reviewer, Department of Energy, Office of Science Graduate Award Fellowship
  • Reviewer, Omega Laser Facility, Laboratory for Basic Science review panel, 2010-2012
  • Chair and organizer of “Hydrodynamics of Supernovae and Astrophysical Jets in the Laboratory and the Universe” session in the American Astronomical Society Meeting-in-a-Meeting, “Bridging Laboratory and Astrophysics: Frontiers in Plasma Astrophysics”
  • Member, Program Committee, American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics
  • Member, Experimental Panel, Material Mixing Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, January 2011
  • Project Lead, Omega Laser User Group Findings and Recommendations Panel
  • Member, Panel on Work/Life Balance in Graduate School, Graduate Society of Women in Engineering
  • Judge, Michigan Institute of Plasma Studies Student Poster Session 2011
  • Member, Steering Committee, International Conference on High Energy Density Physics (ICHED), 2011-
  • Member, Scientific Organizing Committee of the International High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics, 2012
  • Reviewer, National Laser User Facility Target Fabrication Solicitation
  • Chair, Jupiter Laser User Group
  • Member, Executive Committee, Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, 2012
  • Research Faculty Advisor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, 2009-present


  • 1. R.P. Drake, D.R. Leibrandt, E.C. Harding, C.C. Kuranz, M.A. Blackburn H.F. Robey, B.A. Remington, M.J. Edwards, A.R. Miles, T.S. Perry, R.J. Wallace, H. Louis, J.P. Knauer, D. Arnett, “Nonlinear mixing behavior of the three-dimensional Rayleigh-Taylor instability at a decelerating interface”, Phys. Plasmas 11, 2829-2837 (2004).
  • 2. Miles, A.R., M.J. Edwards, B. Blue, J.F. Hansen, H.F. Robey, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, and D.R. Leibrandt, “The effect of a short wavelength mode on the evolution of a long wavelength perturbation driven by a strong blast wave,”Phys. Plasmas 11, 5507-5519 (2004).
  • 3. Kuranz, C.C., R.P. Drake, K.K. Dannenberg, P.J. Susalla, D.J. Kremer, H.F. Robey, T. Boehly, and J. Knauer, “Preheat issues in hydrodynamic HEDLA experiments, “Astrophysics and Space Science 298, (2005).
  • 4. Kuranz, C.C., R.P. Drake, D.R. Leibrandt, E.C. Harding, H.F. Robey, A.R. Miles, B.E. Blue, J.F. Hansen, H. Louis, M. Bono, J. Knauer, D. Arnett, and C.A. Meakin, “Progress toward the study of laboratory scale, astrophysically relevant, turbulent plasmas,” Astrophysics and Space Science 298, 9-16 (2005).
  • 5. A.R. Miles, B. Blue, M.J. Edwards, J.A. Greenough, J.F. Hansen, H.F. Robey, R.P. Drake, C. Kuranz, D.R. Leibrandt, “Transition to turbulence and the effect of initial conditions on three-dimensional compressible mixing in planar blast-wave-driven systems”, Phys. Plasmas 12, 056317 1-10 (2005).
  • 6. A.B. Reighard, R.P. Drake, K.K. Danneberg, D.J. Kremer, C.C. Kuranz, M. Grosskopf, E. C. Harding, S.G. Glendinning, T.S. Perry, B.A. Remington, R.J. Wallace, D.D. Ryutov, J. Greenough, J. Knauer, T. Boehly, S. Bouquet, L. Boireau, M. Koenig & T. Vinci, "Observation of collapsing radiative shocks in laboratory experiments," Phys. Plas. 13, 082901 (2006).
  • 7. C.C. Kuranz, B. E. Blue, R. P.Drake, H. F. Robey, J.F. Hansen, J. P. Knauer, M.J. Grosskopf, C. Krauland, D. C. Marion, “Dual, Orthogonal, Backlit Pinhole Radiography in Omega Experiments,” Rev. Sci. Inst. 77, 10E327 1-4 (2006).
  • 8. C.C. Kuranz, R.P.Drake, T. L. Donajowski,  K.K. Dannenberg, M Grosskopf, D.J.Kremer, C. Krauland,  D.C. Marion, H.F. Robey, B. A. Remington, J.F. Hansen, B.E. Blue, J. Knauer, T. Plewa, N. Hearn, “Assessing mix layer amplitude in 3D decelerating interface experiments,” Astrophys. & Space Sci. 307, 115-119 (2007).
  • 9. N.C. Hearn, T. Plewa, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, “FLASH code simulations of Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities in laser-driven experiments,” Astrophys. & Space Sci. 307, 227-231 (2007).
  • 10. R. Paul Drake, Eric C. Harding, Carolyn C. Kuranz, “Approaches to turbulence in high-energy-density experiments,” Physica Scripta T132 014011 (2008).
  • 11. C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, E.C. Harding, M.J. Grosskopf, H. F. Robey, B.A. Remington, M.J. Edwards, A.R. Miles, T.S. Perry, T. Plewa, N.C. Hearn, J.P. Knauer, D. Arnett, D.R. Leibrandt, “2D Rayleigh-Taylor instability: experiment and simulation,” Astrophys. J. 696 749-759 (2009).
  • 12. R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, A.R. Miles, H.J. Muthsam, T. Plewa, “Stellar explosions, instabilities, and turbulence, ” Phys. Plasmas 16, 041004 (2009).
  • 13. C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, M.J. Grosskopf, A. Budde, C. Krauland, D. C. Marion, A. J. Visco, J. Ditmar, H. F. Robey, B.A. Remington, A.R. Miles, A.B.R. Cooper, C. Sorce, T. Plewa, N.C. Hearn, K.L. Killibrew, J.P. Knauer, D. Arnett, T. Donajkowski, “3D blast-wave-driven Rayleigh-Taylor instability and the effects of long-wavelength modes,” Phys. Plasmas 16, 056310 (2009).
  • 14. O. A. Hurricane, J. F. Hansen, H. F. Robey, B. A. Remington, M. J. Bono, E. C. Harding, R. P. Drake, C. C. Kuranz, “A High Energy Density Shock Driven Kelvin-Helmholtz Shear Layer Experiment,” Phys. Plasmas 16, 056305 (2009).
  • 15. M. J. Grosskopf, R. P. Drake, C. C. Kuranz, A. R. Miles, J. F. Hansen, T. Plewa, N. Hearn, D. Arnett, J.C. Wheeler, “Modeling of Multi-Interface, Diverging, Hydrodynamic Experiments for the National Ignition Facility,” Astrophys. & Space Sci. 322, 57-63 (2009).
  • 16. C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, M.J. Grosskopf, H.F. Robey, B.A. Remington, J.F. Hansen, B.E. Blue, J. Knauer, “Image Processing of Radiographs in 3D Rayleigh-Taylor Decelerating Interface Experiments,” Astrophys. & Space Sci. 322, 57-63 (2009).
  • 17. E.C. Harding, J.F. Hansen, O.A. Hurricane, R.P. Drake, H.F. Robey, C.C. Kuranz, B.A. Remington, M.J. Bono, M.J. Grosskopf, R.S. Gillespie, “Observation of a Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability in a High-Energy-Density Plasma on the Omega Laser,” Phys. Rev. Lett., 103, 045005 (2009).
  • 18. F.W. Doss, H.F. Robey, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, “Wall Shocks in High-Energy-Density Shock Tube Experiments,” Phys. Plasmas 16, 112705 (2009). 
  • 19. R.P. Drake, F.W. Doss, B. Fryxell, M.J. Grosskopf, J.P. Holloway, B. van der Holst, C.M. Huntington, C.C. Kuranz, E.S. Myra, V.N. Nair, K.G. Powell, I.V. Sokolov, Q.F. Stout, G. Toth, A.J. Visco, A.J. Visco, M.L. Adams, J.E. Morel, B. Mallick, D. Bingham, “Using High Power Lasers to Create Radiative Shock Waves,” 2009 Lasers & Electro-optics & The Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics, 1 & 2, 317-318, 2009.
  • 20. C.C. Kuranz, F.W. Doss, R.P. Drake, M.J. Grosskopf, H.F. Robey, “Using wall shocks to measure preheat inlaser-irradiated, high-energy-density hydrodynamics experiments, High Energy Density Physics, 6, 215 (2010).
  • 21. A. Budde, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, T. Plewa, N.C. Hearn, M.J. Grosskopf, “Simulation of fabrication variations in supernova hydrodynamics experiments,” High Energy Density Physics, 6, 135 (2010).
  • 22. C.M. Huntington, C.M. Krauland, C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, “Imaging scattered x-ray radiation from Omega Shock Tube Experiments,” High Energy Density Physics, 6, 194 (2010).
  • 23. F.W. Doss, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, “Repeatability in Radiative Shock Experiments,” High Energy Density Physics,” 6, 157 (2010).
  • 24. B. Fryxell, C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, M.J. Grosskopf, A. Budde, T. Plewa, N. Hearn, J.F. Hanse, A.R. Miles, J. Knauer, "The Effect of Magnetic Fields on Laser Experiments of Rayleigh-Taylor Instabilities," High Energy Density Physics, 6, 162 (2010).
  • 25. O.A. Hurricane, J.F. Hansen, E.C. Harding, R.P. Drake, H.F. Robey, B.A. Remington, C.C. Kuranz, M.J. Grosskopf, R.S. Gillespie, H. Park, "Understanding the implication of the data from recent high-energy-density Kelvin-Helmholtz shear layer experiments, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 244, 2010.
  • 26. C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, M.J. Grosskopf, B.A. Remington, H.F. Robey, J.F. Hansen, A.R. Miles, T. Plewa, N. Hearn, J. Knauer, “Spike morphology in blast-wave-driven instability experiments,” Phys. Plasmas, 17, 052709, 2010.
  • 27. C.M. Huntington, C.M. Krauland, C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, H.-S. Park, D.H. Kalantar, B.R. Maddox, B.A. Remington, J. Kline, Review of Sci. Instrum., 81, 10E536, 2010.
  • 28. F.W. Doss, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, “Repeatability in radiative shock experiments,” High Energy Density Physics 6, 157-161 (2010).
  • 29. Ryan G. McClarren, D. Ryu, R. Paul Drake, Michael Grosskopf, Derek Bingham, Chuan-Chih Chou, Bruce Fryxell, Bart van der Holst, James Paul Holloway, Carolyn C. Kuranz, Bani Mallick, Erica Rutter, Ben R. Torralva, “A Physics Informed Emulator for Laser-Driven Radiating Shock Simulations,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety 96, 1194-1207 (2011)
  • 30. M.J. Grosskopf, D.C. Marion, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, F.W. Doss, A.J. Visco, C.M. Huntington, C.M. Krauland, C.A. Di Stefano, E.C. Harding, “Target Fabrication at the University of Michigan,” Fusion Sci. & Tech, 59, 250-256, 2011.
  • 31. H.F. Stripling, R.G. McClarren, C.C. Kuranz, M.J. Grosskopf, E. Rutter, B.R. Torralva, “Calibration of Uncertain inputs to computer models using experimentally measured quantities and the BMARS Emulator,” Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society, submitted 2011.
  • 32. C.C. Kuranz, H.-S. Park, B.A. Remington, R.P. Drake, A.R. Miles, H.F. Robey, J.D. Kilkenny, C.J. Keane, D.H. Kalantar, C.M. Huntington, C.M. Krauland, E.C. Harding, M.J. Grosskopf, D.C. Marion, F.W. Doss, E. Myra, B. Maddox, B. Young, J.L. Kline, G. Kyrala, T. Plewa, J.C. Wheeler, W.D. Arnett, R.J. Wallace, E. Giraldez, A. Nikroo, “Astrophysically Relevant Radiation Hydrodynamics Experiment at the National Ignition Facility ”, Astrophysics and Space Science 336, 207-211 (2011)
  • 33. R.P. Drake, F.W. Doss, R.G. McClarren, M.L. Adams, N. Amato, D.Bingham, C.C. Chou, C. DiStefano, K. Fidkowsky, B. Fryxell, T.I.Gombosi, M.J. Grosskopf, J.P. Holloway, B. van der Holst, C.M.Huntington, S. Karni, C.M. Krauland, C.C. Kuranz, E. Larsen, B. vanLeer, B. Mallick, D. Marion, W. Martin, J.E. Morel, E.S. Myra, V. Nair, K.G. Powell, L. Raushberger, P. Roe, E. Rutter, I.V. Sokolov, Q. Stout, B.R. Torralva, G. Toth, K. Thornton, A.J. Visco, “Radiative Effects in Radiative Shocks in Shock Tubes”, High Energy Density Physics 7, 130-140 (2011)
  • 34. C.M. Huntington, C. C. Kuranz, R. P. Drake, A. R. Miles, S. T. Prisbrey, H.-S. Park, H. F. Robey, and B. A. Remington, “Design of Experiments to Observe Radiation Stabilized Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Growth at an Embedded Decelerating Interface,” Phys. Plasmas 18, 112703 (2011) DOI: 10.1063/1.3657428
  • 35. Hye-Sook Park, D.D. Ryutov, J.S. Ross, N.L. Kugland, S.H. Glenzer, C. Plechaty, S.M. Pollaine, B.A. Remington, A. Spitkovsky, L. Gargate, G. Gregori, A. Bell, C. Murphy, Y. Sakawa, Y. Kuramitsu, T. Morita, H. Takabe, D.H. Froula, G. Fiksel, F. Miniati, M. Koenig, A. Ravasio, A. Pelka, E. Liang, N. Woolsey, C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, M.J. Grosskopf, “Studying astrophysical collisionless shocks with counterstreaming plasmas from high power lasers,” High Energy Density Physics 8, 38-45 (2012).
  • 36. J.S. Ross, S.H. Glenzer, P. Amendt, R. Berger, L. Divol, N.L. Kugland, O.L. Landen, C. Plechaty, B. Remington, D. Ryutov, W. Rozmus, D.H. Froula, G. Fikcel, C. Sroce, Y. Kuranmitsu, T. Morita, Y. Sakawa, H. Takabe, P. Drake, M. Grosskopf, C.C. Kuranz, G. Gregori, J. Meinecke, C.D. Murphy, M. Koenig, A. Pelka, A. Ravisio, T. vinci, E. Liang, R. Presure, A. sptikovski, F. Miniati, H.S. Park, Physics of Plamsas, in press.
Updated: 2015-11-18