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Current Research Interests
In the Plasma Laboratory we study processes in plasmas subjected to high-energy
deposition. We examine the interaction of nonequilibrium plasmas with strong
electric and magnetic fields, the propagation of ionization fronts, the
production of shock waves, conversion of energy in pulsed-power systems,
generation of fast particle beams, generation of magnetic shocks, development
of collective fluctuating fields, and plasma-surface interactions.
Department of Particle Physics
The diagnostic methods are based on fast, high-resolution plasma
spectroscopy of spontaneous emission and absorption in the visible, U.V., vacuum UV, and
x-ray regions, as well as on spectroscopy of laser absorption and laser-stimulated
emission. Theoretical analysis of the experimental data is based on detailed
modeling of atomic-physics processes that govern the atomic/ionic spectral-line
broadening, atomic-level splitting under electric and magnetic fields,
field ionization, multiple ionizations and time-dependent collisional-radiative
calculations and radiation-transport modeling.
Magnetohydrodynamic simulations are used to account for the nonequilibrium
kinetic and transport processes in the plasmas.The research in the laboratory
is relevant to the understanding of high-energy-density plasmas in various systems and of astrophysical
Awards and Honours
Fellow of the American Physical Society (1996).
Fellow of the IEEE Society, USA (2005).
On the Editorial Board of Laser and Particle Beams (2005).
Plasma Science and Applications Award by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (2007).
The American Physical Society John Dawson Award for Excellence In Plasma Physics Research (2009).