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Kempf, Sascha Associate Professor

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  • Theoretical and experimental investigations of cosmic dust. Interaction of dust with the ambient plasma and dusty plasma effects in space. Formation and composition of cosmic dust. Dynamics of planetary rings. In-situ observation of dust. Theoretical and experimental investigation of impact plasmas. Laboratory hypervelocity impact experiments and space hardware development. Life detection via compositional analysis of surface material and/or ice plume particles

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  • planetary science, cosmic dust, instrumentation for space missions, evolution and dynamics of cosmic dust, diffuse dust rings, impact physics, dusty plasmas

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  • ENVS 3070 - Energy and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Examines contemporary issues in energy consumption and its environmental impact, including fossil fuel use and depletion; nuclear energy and waste disposal; solar, wind, hydroelectric, and other renewable sources; home heating; energy storage; fuel cells; and alternative transportation vehicles. Includes some basic physical concepts and principles that often constrain choices. No background in physics is required. Same as PHYS 3070.
  • PHYS 3070 - Energy and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Contemporary issues in energy consumption and its environmental impact, including fossil fuel use and depletion; nuclear energy and waste disposal; solar, wind, hydroelectric, and other renewable sources; home heating; energy storage; fuel cells; and alternative transportation vehicles. Included are some basic physical concepts and principles that often constrain choices. No background in physics is required. Same as ENVS 3070.
  • PHYS 3330 - Electronics for the Physical Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Introduces laboratory electronics for physical science students. Includes basic electronic instruments, dc bridge circuits, operational amplifiers, bipolar transistors, field-effect transistors, photodiodes, noise in electronic circuits, digital logic and microcontrollers. Students gain hands-on experience in designing, building and debugging circuits. Two lectures and one three hour laboratory per week. Concludes with a three-week project in which students design and build an experiment of their choice and present a seminar on the results.
  • PHYS 4150 - Plasma Physics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Discusses the fundamentals of plasma physics, including particle motion in electromagnetic fields, wave propagation, collisions, diffusion, and resistivity. Presents examples from space plasmas, astrophysical plasmas, laboratory fusion plasmas, and plasmas in accelerators.
  • PHYS 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Approved problem in theoretical or experimental physics under the direction of staff members. Intended to introduce the student to procedures in research and development work. Work of an original nature expected.

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