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12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, 2021

The 12th Annual MIPSE Graduate Student Symposium took place on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. We had 38 poster presentations – including 32 presentations by U-M students, 3 by MSU students, and 3 by Notre Dame University students. We thank all of the presenters for their excellent posters and expert descriptions. The symposium was a great success, enabling our students to share the results of their state-of-the-art research and learn from their colleagues.

The Symposium included a special MIPSE seminar by Prof. Davide Curreli of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Curreli presented a talk titled The Plasma-Water Interface: Modern Challenges and New Software Tools. We especially thank Prof. Curreli and our MSU and Notre Dame University colleagues for attending the symposium.

12th MIPSE Graduate Symposium

Best Presentation Award

We had a great team of MIPSE judges for the best-posters competition. Our judges were: Dr. Astrid Raisanen, Dr. Roman Shapovalov, and Dr. Deqi Wen. The judges had a challenging task in selecting from the many outstanding presentations. The Best Presentation Award winners are:

  • Jason Cardarelli (Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, U-M)
  • Asif Iqbal (Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSU)
  • Dion Li (Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, U-M)

The winners received a MIPSE mug, award certificate, and a plasma book of their choice.

12th MIPSE Graduate Symposium
Dion Li with the judges
12th MIPSE Graduate Symposium
Asif Iqbal with the judges
12th MIPSE Graduate Symposium
Jason Cardarelli with the judges

Poster Presentations (in alphabetical order)

  • Lucas Beving, Simulations of Ion Heating in the Presheath Due to Ion-acoustic Instabilities (PDF)
  • Austin Brenner, Plasma in Earth’s Magnetosphere: Applying the Virial Theorem to High Fidelity Simulation (PDF)
  • Khalil Bryant, Future Experiment for the Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory (WIPPL) (PPTX)
  • Jason Cardarelli, Characterizing the Growth of Current Filamentation Instability Using Laser Wakefield Accelerated Beams (PDF, PPTX)
  • George Dowhan, Updates to the X-Pinch Platform and Faraday Rotation Imaging Diagnostic on the MAIZE Facility (PDF)
  • Tate Gill, Far-Field Measurements of a Rotating Magnetic Field Thruster (PPTX)
  • Asif Iqbal, Multipactor Discharge in the Parallel-plate Geometry with Two-frequency RF Fields and Space-charge Effects (PDF)
  • Louis Jose, Kinetic Theory of Strongly Magnetized Plasmas (PDF)
  • Florian Krüger, Controlling Charged Particle Dynamics and Nanometer Scale SiO2 Etching in Ar/CF4/O2 Plasmas via Voltage Waveform Tailoring (PPTX)
  • Garam Lee, Multi-Modal In-situ/Operando Spectroscopy Combining PM-IRAS, OES, and MS for Observing Plasma-Stimulated Activation of Surface Species (PDF)
  • Dion Li, A Relativistic and Electromagnetic Correction to the Ramo-Shockley Theorem (PDF)
  • Thomas Marks, Probabilistic Evaluation of Closure Models for the Hall Thruster Anomalous Collision Frequency (PDF)
  • Raul Melean, Pulsed-power Magnetized Shocks under an External Magnetic Field (PDF)
  • Mackenzie Meyer, Plasma-Produced Reactive Species Reactions with Liquid Water Droplets (PPTX)
  • Parker Roberts, Azimuthal Kinetic Ion Oscillations in a Magnetized Hollow Cathode Discharge (PDF)
  • Christopher Sercel, Indirect Azimuthal Current Measurement in an RMF Thruster (PDF)
  • Akash Shah, Effects of Pre-Ionization on Current Distribution in a Gas-Puff Z-Pinch (PDF)
  • Lucas Stanek, Entropy Generation in Ultracold Neutral Plasmas (PDF)
  • Benjamin Wachs, Optimization of a Low Power ECR Thruster Using Pulsed Heating (PDF)
  • Michael Wadas, Formation and Scaling of Vortex Rings Ejected from Shock-accelerated Interfaces (PDF)
  • Collin Whittaker, Targeted Experimental Measurements to Refine an Operational Model for Porous Electrospray Thruster Arrays (PDF)