Hooper Group

 
 

Our research focuses on the physics of explosives and high strain-rate deformation of materials. We pursue both experimental and computational work in our group, ranging from high-velocity impact testing to atomistic scale simulations of new explosives.

 

Welcome

Joe Hooper, Assistant Professor of Physics

Office: Spanagel 102B

Email: jphooper@nps.edu

Phone: (831) 656-2601


Department of Physics

833 Dyer Way, Bldg 232, Room 102B

Monterey, CA 93943

Group photo, December 2012: (left to right) LT. Arbi Chokri, Ms. Yi Ming Tan, Dr. Joe Hooper, LT Amy Lees, LTJG Pat Smith, LT Brian Curran, Dr. Sufian Alnemrat

Student Thesis Opportunities:

Thermobaric warhead materials:

There is a great deal of interest in expanding the lethality of warheads by including combustible materials (such as metals or thermites) that burn rapidly following detonation. We have several ongoing projects examining the fragmentation, combustion, shock response, and mechanical properties of candidate thermobaric composites.

Updated Feb. 2014. Students interested in the above or in other topics related to conventional weapons are encouraged to email jphooper@nps.edu or stop by Spanagel 102B.

Thermo- and mechanochromic sensors for high strain-rate loading:

In collaboration with NSWC Indian Head and UCSB, we are developing molecular scale sensors that aid in mapping out local stresses and hot spots following dynamic loading. Thesis topics including high strain-rate testing of mock explosive composites on our Hopkinson bar, and mapping out mesoscale hot spots in our in-situ Raman spectrometer.