Nevada Terawatt Facility

Dean Thompson at NV Terawatt Facility

Laboratory Environment

The Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) specializes in experiments in the field of high energy density, lasers and plasma physics. As a division of the UNR Physics department, it is NTF's goal to provide students with experience in a laboratory environment.

The Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) was established by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and dedicated by Senator Harry Reid 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 at extremely high temperatures and densities. 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.