Plasma Physics

Plasma physics is the branch of physics concerned with matter in its plasma phase. NMC participates in modeling plasma dynamics and various plasma physics simulations. Research at NMC includes the propogation of laser beams in plasma and the subsequent issues of beam control. NMC also conducts research on collisionless plasma models and computational and theoretical studies of ultra-cold plasmas.

Computational and Theoretical Studies of Ultracold Plasmas: Exploring the Physics of Strongly Coupled Plasmas with Large Scale Simulations

Steven Buelow, NMC Chief Executive Officer and Scientist
Chris Fichtl
Matt Calef
Paul Grabowski
This research aims to greatly expand our knowledge of strongly coupled plasmas in three key areas: the approach to equilibrium, the edge of the hydrodynamic limit, and particle and energy transport. Most of our efforts will focus on how these advances can exploit the achievement of ultracold, quasi-neutral plasmas in experiments. In particular, we will examine concepts that could lead to the development of more strongly coupled plasmas in experiments, which are currently limited to the moderately coupled plasma regime. Sponsored by Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Turbulence and Particle Energization in Low-Beta Plasmas

Hui Li, LANL Staff Scientist
Xiangrong Fu, NMC Research Scientist
This research performs advanced numerical simulations to study the current sheets and particle energization in turbulent plasmas. This has applications for space, solar and astrophysical plasmas. This resaerch is part of the DOE/OFES project at LANL.

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