The Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LabSC) is a research group at the Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory), University of Cambridge.
Research at LabSC is on topical problems of critical importance to industry, the economy and society, such as clean energy, sustainable aviation and aerospace safety.
We specialise in problems involving the nonlinear interaction of the four states of matter at extreme conditions such as supercritical geothermal energy recovery, disruptions in magnetically confined plasma and lightning strike on aerospace composite materials.
To this end, we develop new mathematical models (based on systems of nonlinear, inhomogeneous partial differential equations) to describe the physics of the system, and we build new numerical algorithms and high performance computing methods for their solution.
This allows us to study the physics of complex systems, some of which were previously considered to be intractable.