|Description||2017 Fall Physics Colloquium Series|
Truell W. Hyde, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research
Director of CASPER and Professor of Physics
Complex Plasma on the International Space Station
For more information contact: Dr. Lorin Matthews, 254-710-2279
Since predicted in 1934, various Wigner structures have been observed experimentally. To date, most have assembled under the presence of external system confinement and within a gravitational environment, making the fundamental physics behind these correlation driven effects difficult to determine. Complex plasmas have proven a versatile analog for the study of such systems, particularly where global behavior is determined by the combined effect of the particles’ low temperature/kinetic energy, interparticle interaction, global/local confinement and streaming ion flow. Of these, the ion wakefield force is of fundamental importance and generally weaker than the others leaving its effects partially masked by gravity for terrestrial experiments. In this talk, a recently funded NASA/NSF project proposing examination of field-aligned chains formed in the PK-4 on the ISS, where both the ion flow and resulting interparticle potential can be controlled by tuning an alternating DC bias, will be discussed.