2014 Fall Physics Colloquium Series: Lorin Matthews, Ph.D.

DateOctober 8, 2014Time4:00 - 5:00 pm
LocationBaylor Sciences Building, Room E.125
Description
Lorin Matthews, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physics, Baylor University

Modeling the Interaction between Dust and Plasma

Plasma, consisting of ions, electrons, and neutral particles, is a ubiquitous component of the universe. Dust is also a common component, and when it is immersed in a plasma, it is termed a dusty or complex plasma. The ions and electrons collide with the dust grains, charging them, and in turn the dust affects the plasma particles. Complex plasmas can be found naturally in nebular clouds, the clouds surrounding developing protostars and protoplanets, the ephemeral rings around planets, in cometary tails, and even around earth. Dusty plasmas have been purposely created in the lab to study their basic characteristics to learn how to control and exploit them. In the last fifteen years, experimental dusty plasmas have become an increasingly interesting research topic due to the dust’s ability to self-organize. This talk will give an overview of the basic physics of dusty plasmas and the current numerical and experimental research being conducted at CASPER, the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research, at Baylor University.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Anzhong Wang, 254-710-2276

PublisherDepartment of Physics
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