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
planetary science, cosmic dust, instrumentation for space missions, evolution and dynamics of cosmic dust, diffuse dust rings, impact physics, dusty plasmas
PHYS 3330 - Electronics for the Physical Sciences
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
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.