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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Shihao Tian

I am currently simulating the gas-puff z-pinch experiment using code PERSEUS. I am interested in understanding the ionization and radiation during pinch process.

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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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Undergraduate Students

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Joshua Lederman

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Alumni (2012-2018)

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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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Name

Company
Location

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Company
Location

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Levon Atoyan

Active Energy Systems, Inc.
Knoxsville, TN

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Cad Hoyt

Raytheon
Albuquerque, NM

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Joseph Engelbrecht

Syntek Technologies
Arlington, VA

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Kate Bell

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

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Peter Schrafel

Momentum Dynamics
Philadelphia, PA

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Philip de Grouchy

Currently attending law school.

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Xuan Zhao

Cylance, Inc.
Irvine, CA

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Adam Cahill

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