Our group's research interests are laser spectroscopy and plasma physics. Experimental topics include experiments for plasma waves and instabilities, plasma self-organization and sheaths, and laser-induced fluorescence and wave-absorption diagnostics of plasmas. Theoretical topics include plasma kinetic theory including waves and nonlinear fluctuations.


  • Equipment includes a 3-meter linear magnetized-plasma device and a large multi-dipole discharge.  Both are equipped with single-frequency scanning lasers for high-resolution laser spectroscopy. 
  • Some students also participate in collaborations on the Large Plasma Device located at UCLA.

Student Research Opportunities

  • Student projects are typically experimental with significant interaction with theory.
  • Beyond interactions with group members, students participate in the plasma seminar and interact with Departmental theoretical and experimental plasma, space physics, and astronomy faculty.
  • Students develop skills including data analysis, high-resolution laser spectroscopy, designing and building apparatus, electronics, computation.

Our research is mainly supported by: 

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