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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
The Center for Laser Experimental Astrophysical Research (CLEAR) models and creates hot, dense plasma to study the physical mechanisms that matter for astrophysical phenomena including supernova explosions, supernova remnant evolution, and the collisions of shock waves with molecular clouds. Our work involves both experiments and theory of astrophysical systems and plasmas. We model, design and create plasma experiments, analyze data and develop new diagnostic techniques.
Specializations and Research Interests
High-Energy-Density Physics, Laboratory Astrophysics, Hydrodynamic Instabilities, Plasma Physics, Radiation Hydrodynamics, Magnetized Plasmas
Honors, Awards and Accomplishments
Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award
American Astronomical Society Laboratory Astrophysics Division Early Career Award
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, Oce of Science Graduate Award Fellowship
Reviewer, Omega Laser Facility, Laboratory for Basic Science review panel, 2010-2013
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 2010,
Member, Experimental Panel, Material Mixing Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, January 2011
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- present
Member, Scientic Organizing Committee of the International High Energy Density Lab-
oratory Astrophysics, 2012
Founding Chair, Jupiter Laser User Group, 2012 - present
Member, Executive Committee, Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering,
2012 - present
Chair, Subcommittee on High Energy Density Physics of the Division of Plasma Physics
Research Faculty Advisor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, 2009-present
University of Michigan, Applied Physics Admissions Committee
Member at Large, Executive Committee, Division of Plasma Physics, 2014 - present
Member, AOSS Candidacy Exam Committee
Physics of Plasmas
Journal of Instrumentation
New Journal of Physics
High Energy Density Physics
Selected Publications (See CV for full list)
M. J-E. Manuel, C.C. Kuranz, A.M. Rasmus, S. Klein, M.J. Macdonald, M.R. Trantham, J.R. Fein,
P.X. Belancourt, R.P. Young, P.A. Keiter, R.P. Drake, B.B. Pollack, J. Park, A.U. Hazi, G.J. Williams,
and H. Chen, "Experimental results from magnetized-jet experiments at the Jupiter Laser Facility,"
High Energy Density Physics, in press, 2015.
W.C. Wan , G. Malamud , A. Shimony, C.A. Di Stefano , M.R. Trantham, S.R. Klein, D. Shvarts,
C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, "Observation of single-mode, Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in a supersonic
ow" Physical Review Letters , 115 , 145001 (2015).
C.M. Huntington, F. Fiuza, J.S. Ross, A.B. Zylstra, R.P. Drake, D.H. Froula, G. Gregori, N.L. Kugland,
C.C. Kuranz, M.C. Levy, C.K. Li, J. Meinecke, T. Morita, R. Petrasso, C. Plechaty, B.A. Remington,
D.D. Ryutov, Y. Sakawa, A. Spitkovsky, H. Takabe and H.-S. Park, "Observation of magnetic eld
generation via the Weibel instability in interpenetrating plasma ows," Nature Physics , 11 , 173-176
C.A. Di Stefano, G. Malamud, C.C. Kuranz, S.R. Klein, C. Stoeckl, R.P. Drake "Richtmyer-Meshkov
mode coupling under steady shock conditions in the high-energy-density regime" Applied Physics Let-
ters , 106 , 114103 (2015). DOI:10.1063/1.4915303
C.A. Di Stefano, C. C. Kuranz, J. F. Seely, A.G.R. Thomas, R. P. Drake, P. A. Keiter, G. J. Williams, J.
Park, H. Chen, M. J. MacDonald, A. Rasmus, W.C. Wan, N.R. Pereira, A.S. Joglekar, A. McKelvey, Z.
Zhao, S.R. Klein, E. Kemp, L. C. Jarrott, C.M. Krauland, J. Peebles, and B. Westover, "Observations
of energetic electron propagation after picosecond laser irradiation," Physics of Plasmas , 22 043113
C. K. Li, D. D. Ryutov, S. X. Hu, M. J. Rosenberg, A. B. Zylstra, F. H. Sguin, J. A. Frenje, D. T.
Casey, M. Gatu Johnson,M. J-E. Manuel, H. G. Rinderknecht, R. D. Petrasso, P. A. Amendt, H. S.
Park, B. A. Remington, S. C. Wilks, R. Betti, D. H. Froula, J. P. Knauer, D. D. Meyerhofer, R. P.
Drake, C. C. Kuranz, R. Young, and M. Koenig, "Structure and Dynamics of Colliding Plasma Jets,"
Physical Review Letters , 111 , 235003 (2013). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.235003
C. A. Di Stefano, G. Malamud, M. T. Henry de Frahan, C. C. Kuranz, A. Shimony, S. R. Klein,
R P. Drake, E. Johnsen, D. Shvarts, V. A. Smalyuk, D. Martinez, "Observation and modeling of
mixing-layer development in high-energy-density, blast-wave-driven shear ow," Physics of Plasmas ,
21 , 056306 (2014). DOI:10.1063/1.4872223
J. Meinecke, H. Doyle, F, Miniati, A. Bell, R. Bingham, R. Crowston, R. P. Drake, M. Fatenejad, M.
Koenig, Y. Kuramitsu, C. Kuranz, D. Lamb, D. Lee, M. MacDonald, C. Murphy, H.S. Park, A. Pelka,
A. Ravasio, Y. Sakawa, A. Schekochihin, A. Scopatz, P. Tzeferacos, W. Wan, N. Woolsey, R. Yurchak,
B. Reville, and G. Gregori, "Turbulent amplication of magnetic elds in laboratory laser-produced
shock waves," Nature Physics , 10 , 520-524 (2014). DOI:10.1038/NPHYS2978
G. Malamud, A. Shimony, W.C. Wan, C.A. Di Stefano, Y. Elbaz, C.C. Kuranz, P.A. Keiter, R.P.
Drake, D. Shvarts, "A design of a two-dimensional, supersonic KH experiment on OMEGA-EP," High
Energy Density Physics , 9 , 672-696 (2013). DOI:10.1016/j.hedp.2013.06.002
C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake, C.M. Huntington, C.M. Krauland, M. Trantham, M.J. Grosskopf, S.R. Klein,
D.C. Marion, \Early-time evolution of a radiative shock," High Energy Density Physics , 2 , 315-318
N.L. Kugland, J.S. Ross, P.-Y. Chang, R.P. Drake, G. Fiksel, D.H. Froula, S.H. Glenzer, G. Gregori,
M. Grosskopf, C. Huntington, M. Koenig, Y. Kuramitsu, C. Kuranz, M.C. Levy, E. Liang, D. Martinez,
J. Meinecke, F. Minati, T. Morita, A. Pelka, C. Plechaty, R. Presura, A. Ravisio, B.A. Remington,
B. Reville, D. Ryutov, Y. Sakawa, A. Spitkovsky, H. Takabe, and H.S. Park, "Visualizing electromag-
netic elds in laser-produce counter-streaming plasma experiments for collisionless shock laboratory
astrophysics," Physics of Plasmas , 20 , 056313 (2013). DOI:10.1063/1.4804548
C.C. Kuranz, R.P. Drake,C.M. Krauland, D.C. Marion, M.J. Grosskopf, E. Rutter, B. Torralva,
J.P.Holloway, D. Bingham, J. Goh, T.R. Boehly, and A.T. Sorce, "Initial conditions of radiative shock
experiments," Physics of Plasmas , 5 , 056321 (2013). DOI:10.1063/1.4805021
C.M. Krauland, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, R. Sweeney, M. Grosskopf, S. Klein, R. Gillespie, P. A.
Keiter, B. Loupias, and E. Falize, "Radiative reverse shock laser experiments relevant to accretion
processes in cataclysmic variables," Physics of Plasmas , 5 , 056502 (2013). DOI:10.1063/1.4805023
C.A. Di Stefano, C.C. Kuranz, P.A. Keiter, S.R. Klein, D.C. Marion, R.P. Drake,\Late-time breakup
of laser-driven hydrodynamics experiments," High Energy Density Physics , 8 , 4 (2012).
C.M Krauland, R.P. Drake, C.C. Kuranz, B. Loupias, T. Plewa, C.M. Huntington, D.N. Kaczala, S.
Klein, R. Sweeney, R.P. Young, E. Falize, B. Villette, P. A. Keiter, "Reverse radiative shock laser
experiments relevant to accreting stream-disk impact in interacting binaries," Astrophysical Journal
Letters , 762 , L2 (2013). DOI:10.1088/2041-8205/762/1/L2
A.G.R. Thomas, M. Sherlock, C.C. Kuranz, C.P. Ridgers, R.P. Drake, "Hybrid Vlasov-Fokker-Planck-
Maxwell simulations of fast electron transport and the time dependance of K-shell excitation in a mid-Z
metallic target," New Journal of Physics , 15 , 015017 (2013). DOI:10.1088/1367-2630/15/1/015017
C.M. Krauland, L.C. Jarrott, R.P. Drake, P.A. Keiter, C.C. Kuranz, B. Westover, H. Sawada, D.N.
Kaczala, P. Bonoglo, "An evaluation of high energy Bremsstrahlung background in point-projection
x-ray radiography experiments," Review of Scientic Instruments , 83 , 10E528 (2012).
O.A. Hurricane, V.A. Smalyuk, K. Raman, O. Schilling, J.F. Hansen, G. Langsta, D. Martinez,
H.-S. Park, B.A. Remington, H.F. Robey, J.A. Greenough, R. Wallace, C.A. Di Stefano, R.P. Drake,
D. Marion, C.M. Krauland, and C.C. Kuranz, "Validation of a Turbulent Kelvin-Helmholtz Shear
Layer Model Using a High-Energy-Density OMEGA Laser Experiment," Physical Review Letters , 109 ,
155004, 2012. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.155004
N.L Kugland, D.D. Ryutov, P.-Y. Chang, R.P. Drake, G. Fiksel, D.H. Froula, G. Gregori, M. Grosskopf,
M. Koenig, Y. Kuramitsu, C. Kuranz, M.C. Levy, L. Liang, J. Meinecke, F. Miniati, T. Morita, A.
Pelka, C. Plechaty, R. Presura, A. Ravisio, B.A. Remington, B. Revile, J.S. ross, Y. Sakawa, A.
Spitkovsky, H. Takabe, H.-.S Park, "Self-organized electromagnetic eld structures in laser-produced
counterstreaming plasmas," Nature Physics 8 , 809-812 (2012). DOI:110.1038/NPHYS2434