New Mexico Tech Shock and Gas Dynamics Laboratory

Weir Hall 120
Socorro, NM, 87801


fax: 575-835-5209


The New Mexico Tech Shock and Gas Dynamics Laboratory is an experimental research laboratory led by Dr. Michael Hargather. This laboratory will conduct research on a variety of thermal-fluid dynamics topics while educating graduate and undergraduate students. The lab philosophy is to perform high-quality, cutting-edge research while educating students in the research process, including the design of experiments, data collection and analysis, research sponsor interaction and technical writing.

The research focus of the lab is experimental thermal-fluid dynamics with specialties in optical flow diagnostics. Optical techniques including schlieren and shadowgraphy are prominent tools of this experimental lab and are applied to studying high-speed gas dynamics, energetic materials, and thermal convection problems.


Recent News

  • April - The NMT Board of Regents approved Dr. Hargather's promotion to Associate Professor and granted tenure!
  • February - A review publication on advances in schlieren and shadowgraph techniques has been published: Measurement Science and Technology.
  • January - This year's High Speed Imaging Course will be held June 19-22, 2017. For more information click the link to the left and check out the 2017 promotional flier.
  • December - Happy Holidays and New Year from all of us at the lab: Schlieren Christmas
  • November - The entire lab will be attending the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics conference in Portland, OR. Four presentations wil be given by the students of the lab: L5.00001, L31.00004, M9.00003, R17.00010.
  • November - Dr. Hargather will be presenting at the ASME IMECE conference in Phoenix, AZ.
  • September - New publication on optical measurements of pressure and temperature in Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics. Congrats to Jesse Tobin for the first authorship on the publication!