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Litos, Michael D Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Litos's research is focused on plasma wakefield acceleration (PWFA), and associated topics. His group are major collaborators for several experiments that will take place at the FACET-II experimental facility at SLAC National Lab in the coming 5 years or so, beginning in 2020. These experiments include the following topics: high energy PWFA, high brightness electron beam generation, PWFA for positrons, relativistic beam-plasma filamentation, plasma lenses for electron beams, ion channel X-ray laser source, and strong-field nonlinear QED.


  • plasma physics, accelerator physics, plasma wakefield acceleration, laser-plasma interactions, plasma diagnostics, high power laser systems, high energy radiation sources, electron beam diagnostics, electron beams, positron beams


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courses taught

  • PHYS 2020 - General Physics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    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 2170 - Foundations of Modern Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Covers special relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic structure. Completes the three-semester sequence of general physics for physics and engineering physics majors. Normally taken with the laboratory PHYS 2150. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 2130.
  • PHYS 4150 - Plasma Physics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    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.


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