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Munsat, Tobin Leo Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Munsat's research is focused on the physics of planetary surfaces, in particular the microphysics of dust impacts and dusty plasmas. He is 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 and other near-Earth objects. The centerpiece facility is a 3 MV hypervelocity micrometeoroid accelerator, capable of accelerating 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


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courses taught

  • PHYS 1240 - Sound and Music
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    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 2020 - General Physics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Includes three lectures, one two-hour laboratory/recitation per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Covers electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Designed for life science majors, including premed students. Natural science majors with a knowledge of calculus and others taking calculus are urged to take the calculus-based courses PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120, PHYS 1140 and PHYS 2130, rather than PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020.
  • PHYS 3320 - Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Continuation of PHYS 3310. Electromagnetic induction; magnetic energy; microscopic theory of magnetic properties; Ac circuits; Maxwell's Equations; planewaves; waveguides and transmission lines; radiation from electric and magnetic dipoles and from an accelerated charge.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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