Zebra Pulsed Power Lab

Conducting research and training students in the field of high-energy-density (HED) science.

Leading in High-Energy-Density Science

World-renowned Research and Education

The Zebra Pulsed Power Lab (ZPPL) was established by the University of Nevada, Reno and dedicated in 2000.  Supported primarily by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), its mission is to conduct research and to train students in the field of high-energy-density (HED) science, the study of the behavior of matter subject to conditions of extreme temperature and density. This rapidly developing field explores the fourth state of matter, called plasma, under conditions similar to those occurring in the interiors of stars, nuclear fusion reactors, and lightning bolts.

Research programs

State of the art equipment and research affords the facility national acclaim.


Learn about our dedicated and talented research faculty, technical staff, and students.


Our equipment facilitates z-pinch physics and high intensity laser plasma interaction research.