Laboratory Director

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Dr. Bhuvana Srinivasan

Assistant Professor, Kevin T Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Contact: srinbhu@vt.edu

Postdoctoral researchers

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Dr. Ratan Bera

Research Area: 

  • High-energy density simulations of magnetized plasmas
  • Multi-dimensional discontinuous Galerkin multi-fluid plasma algorithm development
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Dr. Petr Cagas

Contact: pcagas@vt.edu

Research Area:

  • Continuum kinetic studies of plasma-material interactions and sheath physics
  • Secondary electron emission for  Hall thrusters and tokamaks
  • Weibel instability

Ph.D. students

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Kolter Bradshaw

Research Area:

  • Continuum-kinetic studies of the Weibel instability, sheath physics. and plasma-material interactions
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Matthew Carrier

Research Area:

  • Numerical simulations of wire explosions and associated instabilities in pulsed power implosions of magnetized liners
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Yuzhi Li

Research Area:

  • Particle in cell simulations of plasma-material interactions relevant to magnetic confinement fusion devices such as tokamaks (ITER experiment in France)
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Robert Masti

Research Area:

  • Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) and extended-MHD studies of magneto-inertial fusion to study instabilities in imploding metal liners (MagLIF experiments at Sandia National Laboratory)
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Megan McCracken

Research Area:

  • Numerical development of high-order accurate, shock capturing schemes for multi-fluid plasma models
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Chirag Rathod

Research Area:

  • Plasma instabilities in the ionosphere during a total solar eclipse
  • Multi-fluid plasma simulations of gradient-drift and temperature-gradient instabilities relevant to ionospheric plasma turbulence and GPS scintillation
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John Rodman

Research Area:

  • Continuum kinetic studies of plasma transport and instabilities relevant to high-energy-density plasmas
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Yang Song

Research Area:

  • Numerical development of unstructured, high-order accurate, shock capturing schemes for convection-diffusion equations
  • Limiters for the discontinuous Galerkin implementation of multi-fluid plasma models

Masters students

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Jon Labatut

Research Area: 

  • High-energy-density plasma instability simulations to study the effect of radiation
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Gaurav Sakhawala

Research Area: 

  • High performance computing scaling studies for fluid and plasma modeling
  • The effect of different equations-of-state on fluid instability evolution
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Camille Samulski

Research Area:

  • MHD and extended-MHD studies of magnetized cylindrical implosions
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Rajath Shetty

Research Area:

  • Analytical and numerical studies of magnetohydrodynamic and two-fluid instabilities in a Z-pinch plasma

Undergraduate students

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Kevin Brannick

Research Area: 

  • Secondary electron emission studies of Hall thruster wall materials

Alumni

Petr Cagas

Ph.D. student, graduated 2018

Ph.D. dissertation: Continuum kinetic simulations of sheaths and instabilities

Presently at Virginia Tech

Kevin Barnhart

M.S. student, graduated 2018

Masters thesis: Modeling of multiplexed electrospray thrusters in COLISEUM

Presently at Orbital ATK

Colin Glesner

M.S. student, graduated 2016

Masters thesis: Development of magnetic nozzle simulations for space propulsion applications

Presently at United Launch Alliance

Sharif Abdelwahed

B.S. student, graduating 2020

Undergraduate research: Plasma-Jet Magneto-Inertial Fusion: Rayleigh-Taylor Instabilities at the Fuel to Liner Interface 

Ian Bean

B.S. student, graduated 2017

Undergraduate research: Multifluid simulations of a Z-pinch

Presently a Ph.D. student in the experimental plasma laboratory at Virginia Tech

Jamil Stafford

B.S. student, graduated 2018

Undergraduate research: Weibel instability