Research Mission

Our work focuses on researching plasma physics phenomena as applied to nuclear fusion, space, and a number of basic plasma science applications of relevance to national interest. Nuclear fusion has the potential to meet terrestrial energy demands perpetually (as far as human timescales are concerned) and an efficient, compact fusion reactor has the potential to power long-duration, high thrust, high specific impulse human spaceflight.  Controlled fusion, however, remains one of the biggest challenges of the twenty first century. With these motivations, we develop high-fidelity physics models to study fundamental plasma science for plasma-based space propulsion, inertial confinement, magneto-inertial, and magnetic confinement fusion, and space science, to name a few. 

If you have a strong background in computer programming, differential equations, and fluid dynamics and are interested in this research, please send your CV to Dr. Bhuvana Srinivasan at

Recent News

  • Matthew Carrier, Jon Labatut, Megan McCracken, John Rodman, and Gaurav Sakhawala join the Plasma Dynamics Computational Laboratory as new graduate students in Fall 2019
  • Robert Masti is awarded the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory High-Energy-Density Fellowship to continue his PhD research
  • Chirag Rathod's cat, Miko Angelo, is involved in Virginia Tech research and is featured in the news! News Article
  • Prof. Srinivasan earns the NSF CAREER award to study plasma physics in exploding stars:  News article
  • Dr. Cagas presents two talks at the SIAM Computational Science and Engineering 2019 conference in Spokane, WA
  • Chirag Rathod earns the Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the American Geophysical Union conference for presenting his research in Washington, DC in December 2018
  • Kolter Bradshaw and Camille Samulski join the Plasma Dynamics Computational Laboratory as new graduate students during the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Dr. Petr Cagas, Yuzhi Li, Robert Masti, and Yang Song present their research at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics conference in Portland, OR in November 2018