Graduate Students

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Jacob Banasek

I am currently working on developing our Thomson scattering diagnostic techniques and using this to measure the amount of heating in laboratory plasma jets caused by inverse bremsstrahlung from the probe laser.

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Jason Hamilton

I am incorporating non-equilibrium physics into the PERSEUS code by solving the 13 moments of Boltzmann’s equation, which yields heat flow and anisotropic pressure. This method results in, among other things, giving thermal conductivity and thermoelectric physics such as the Nernst effect in a more natural way than currently used methods.

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Ahmed Elshafiey

I am working on Hybrid X-Pinch optimization by varying the gap distance between the electrodes to achieve a single bright x-ray spot for imaging purposes. In the future, I will be looking at studying the Hybrid X-Pinch via time and spatially resolved spectroscopy using a streak camera to obtain information about the plasma such as the density and temperature to further understand the pinching physics and confirm whether or not radiative collapse takes place.
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Sophia Rocco

In order to maximize x-ray production from z-pinch plasma sources, it is vital to understand the path that energy takes, beginning from the current driver and ending in radiation. My work focuses on tracking energy partitioning in the intermediate stages, determining the breakdown of energy into kinetic, hydrodynamic, and thermal.

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Jeffrey Musk II

I am working with Sergei, Tania, and Ahmed on Hybrid X-Pinch optimization. Currently we are varying wire materials and electrode gap distances in hopes of generating a 1 micrometer source. We are working to integrate the streak camera into our experiments to gather more information on the temperature and density of the generated plasma.

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Thomas Hentschel

I am currently working with Stephanie Hansen on improving the efficiency and accuracy of atomic-scale models to predict properties of warm dense matter. These models can be used in conjunction with a hydrodynamics code to predict the energy lost as radiation during the implosion phase of the Cornell Z-pinch experiments.

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Jay Angel

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Chiatai (Owen) Chen

Undergraduate Students

Jake Lawson
Paul Beck
Hodaya Propp
Paco Rilloraza

Alumni (2012-2019)

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Tom Byvank

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM

A postdoctorate research associate with Scott Hsu working on the PLX project (PLX stands for “Plasma Liner Experiment”), where I will characterize the uniformity of a spherical shell of plasma produced from converging plasma streams (or “jets”), and also study fundamental shock physics.

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Levon Atoyan

co-founder of Active Energy Systems
Knoxville, Tennessee

A postdoctorate research associate with Scott Hsu working on the PLX project (PLX stands for “Plasma Liner Experiment”), where I will characterize the uniformity of a spherical shell of plasma produced from converging plasma streams (or “jets”), and also study fundamental shock physics.

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Dr. Nathanial Hamlin

Sandia National Laboratory
Albuquerque NM

Involved in two code development projects. One of these is continued development of the PERSEUS extended-MHD code into what will eventually be a production-line code., including the incorporation of adaptive mesh refinement and multi-material modeling capabilities. The second project is a collaborative effort to develop a hybrid PIC-fluid code, with one major application being the modeling of power-flow in pulsed-power devices. For this latter project, I’ve been doing both code development and analytic modeling using Mathematica.

Cad Hoyt

Raytheon
Albuquerque, NM

Joseph Engelbrecht

Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC

Kate Bell

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

Peter Schrafel

Momentum Dynamics
Philadelphia, PA

Philip de Grouchy

Currently attending law school.

Xuan Zhao

Cylance, Inc.
Irvine, CA

Adam Cahill

Air Force Institute of Technology .
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH