Former Group Members
Transferred to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2021
Lucas is from Ackley, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. His research focuses on sheath instabilities. He is also a member of the Baalrud theoretical plasma group. In 2020 he was selected to conduct research at Sandia National Lab as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program.
Graduated Ph.D. Student, 2020 Ph.D. Thesis: Study of the Plasma Boundary Using Laser-induced Fluorescence
Ryan is from Rutland, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on experimental measurements of sheath physics, including electron and multi-ion species sheaths. He was also a member of the Baalrud theoretical plasma group. After graduating, Ryan joined Sandia National Lab in Livermore as a Postdoctoral Scientist.
Graduated Ph.D. Student, 2018. Ph.D. Thesis: Validation of a Lagrangian model for laser-induced fluorescence
Feng earned his B.S. in Plasma Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, China. His research interests involve experiments and simulations on plasma waves and instabilities, laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) diagnostics of plasmas, and Lagrangian model for LIF measurements of plasma ion temperature and electrostatic waves. He defended his Ph.D. in April 2018. After graduating, Feng joined Don Gurnett's Space Plasma Wave Research Group at the University of Iowa as a Postdoctoral Scientist. In 2020, he moved to Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) to continue his scientific career in Fusion research.
Graduated Ph.D. Student, 2017
Sean Mattingly defended his Ph.D. Thesis Velocity Space Degrees of Freedom of Plasma Fluctuations in 2017. After graduating, Sean became an engineer at Intel.
Graduated, Ph.D. Student, 2017. Thesis: Exploring the Alfvén-wave Acceleration of Auroral Electrons in the Laboratory
After graduating, Jim joined Wheaton College as an Assistant Professor of Physics.
Graduated, Ph.D. student, 2009. Thesis: Laboratory investigations of dispersive Alfvén waves and their role in electron acceleration. He is currently an Associate Professor of Physics and Chair of the Physics Department at Washington College in Maryland.
Graduated Ph.D. Student, 2006. Thesis: "Coherent nonlinear interactions in phase space resolved ion density fluctuations"
Graduated, Ph.D. Student, 2005
Research Physicist in Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Former Postdoctoral Scholar
Associate Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at Valdosta State University.