Baylor University
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

HIDPL - Hypervelocity Impacts and Dusty Plasma Lab

Hypervelocity Impacts & Dusty Plasmas Lab and The Space Science Lab GEC

Baylor's Hypervelocity Impacts & Dusty Plasmas Lab (HIDPL) and Space Science Lab (SSL) conduct research in a number of areas and offer basic research as well as engineering and design opportunities for graduate, undergraduate and technical support students. Current research topics include laboratory simulations of complex plasmas, meso- and nanoscale physics, grain charging in dense and tenuous dusty plasmas, grain coagulation, ordered grain lattice formation within dusty plasmas, as well as wave propagation through ordered and disordered dusty plasmas. Additional research is being conducted in the areas of hypervelocity impact studies, in-situ and remote sensing sensor design and instrumentation, calibration and diagnostics as well as prototype design of dust particle accelerators and other equipment for dust and debris research. Satellite operations and technology and also mission analysis and design are fields of work.

The HIDPL and the SSL are co-located in a stand alone facility on the campus of Texas State Technical College. Researchers within the HIDPL or the SSL have access to two GEC RF Reference Cells (one of which is equipped with a Zyvex S100 nanomanipulator system), an electrostatic accelerator retrofitted for dust particle acceleration, a solid state, frequency doubled Nd:YVO4 laser (Coherent-Verdi), an dye laser system and light gas accelerator systems. Full diagnostics for the above are available. Additional equipment extending these capabilities is already planned or under consideration. Baylor and TSTC faculty, staff and students provide researchers within the HIDPL and the SSL with full on-site technical support in the areas of CAD/CAM, electrical discharge machining, lab safety, lasers, manufacturing, non-destructive testing/preventive maintenance, numerical control integration, plasma drag accelerators, system instrumentation, vacuum systems and welding. On-site fabrication and production capabilities are available (through CASPER) for use by contracting agencies.

For more information, see the HIDPL and SSL web pages. If you are interested in experimental space physics research, contact Prof. Hyde, director of CASPER.