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Parker, Scott E Professor


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research overview

  • My research is in the area of turbulent transport and energetic particle physics and kinetic MHD related to magnetic fusion. I also work in the area of reconnection related to space physics. We have developed five-dimensional electromagnetic turbulence simulation, called 'GEM' that models realistic global geometry and is a fairly comprehensive in terms of physics capability. GEM is one of two of the most advanced kinetic codes in the international magnetic fusion research community (there are roughly a dozen internationally recognized codes). We also have developed a new multiscale fully kinetic six-dimensional simulation used for studying edge physics and reconnection. We are the leading state-of-the-art, in what most would consider the most competitive theoretical research area in plasma physics.


  • Theoretical Plasma Physics, Turbulence, Kinetic Theory, Large Scale Simulation, Particle Simulation, Kinetic and Fluid Hybrid Models, Gyrokinetic Theory, Magnetohydrodynamics, Tokamaks, High Performance Computing, Numerical Methods


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courses taught

  • PHYS 1240 - Sound and Music
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores the physical processes that underlie the diversity of sound and musical phenomena. Topics covered include the physical nature of sound, the perception of sound, the perception of pitch and harmony, musical instruments, synthesizers and samplers, and room acoustics. Geared toward nonscience majors. Department enforced prereq., high school algebra or equivalent. Should not be taken by students with a math MAPS deficiency.
  • PHYS 2600 - Introduction to Programming and Scientific Computing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Covers basic concepts in programming and scientific computing, including numerical integration and simulation of physical systems. Students will learn the programming language Python and associated graphics libraries. Programming examples will be drawn from classical physical systems that can only be solved numerically, such as projectile motion with drag and N-body problems.
  • PHYS 4410 - Quantum Mechanics 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    Extends quantum mechanics to include perturbation theory and its applications to atomic fine structure, multi-particle systems, interactions with external forces, the periodic table and dynamical processes including electromagnetic transition rates.
  • PHYS 7810 - Special Topics in Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum; offered intermittently depending on student demand and availability of instructors. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.