Prof. Munsat's research follows several lines including turbulence and transport in plasmas and the microphysics of dust impacts in dusty plasmas. Collaborative work includes spectral and velocimetry analysis from diagnostics on the NSTX, DIII-D, and KSTAR tokamaks. Of particular interest is the relationship between fluctuations and momentum transport. Prof. Munsat is also the deputy director of the Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres and Cosmic Dust, with a program of experimental and theoretical investigation of the lunar surface. The centerpiece facility is a 3 MV hypervelocity micrometeoroid accelerator, to accelerate micron-sized particles up to 10's of km/s into a simulated lunar environment.
plasma diagnostics, tokamak diagnostics, dusty plasmas, turbulence and transport in magnetically confined plasmas, hypervelocity impact studies