Plasma Physics

Plasma and Fusion
  • Theory: Integrated modeling codes are developed and used to predict temperature, momentum and density profiles in magnetically confined controlled fusion plasma experiments. Theoretically derived physics models are developed for use in these codes and detailed comparisons are made between our simulations and experimental data in order to understand the physics of transport and confinement in plasmas. There are active collaborations with theory and experimental groups, both nationally and internationally. (Kritz)
  • Experiment: Collisional and collisionless phenomena of very dense plasmas in or near a local thermodynamic equilibrium; anomalies in radiation transport properties; lowering of ionization potentials in dense plasmas; laser-produced plasmas. (Kim)