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Dr. Lorin Swint Matthews

Faculty - Lorin Matthews Individual

Associate Professor

BSB E.314, (254) 710-2279

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Physics Baylor University 1998
B.S. Physics Baylor University 1994


Dr. Matthews grew up in Paris, Texas, and earned her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Baylor University. From 1998-2000 she was employed as an engineer at Raytheon Aircraft Integrations Systems, where her main project was vibroacoustics analysis for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). In 2000 she returned to Baylor as a lecturer in the Physics Department and Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Senior Research Scientist with CASPER (2000-2006), and is now an Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Director of CASPER. With four young children at home, the hobby she most often gets to practice is decorating cakes for birthdays and other special occasions.

Research Interests

Dr. Matthews is engaged in both theoretical and experimental research in dusty plasmas. Dusty plasmas can be found in many astrophysical environments and are also of special interest in the plasma processing of silicon wafers for computer chips. Her research interests include the early stages of planet formation involving the charging and coagulation of dust, planetary ring dynamics, and the self-organization of laboratory dusty plasmas into dust crystals, Coulomb balls, and dust strings. Another area of interest is hypervelocity impact studies, in relation to designing shielding material and dust detectors for space missions.

Research Interests

Theoretical and Experimental Space Physics/CASPER
Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Complex Plasma, including

  • Charging of micron-sized dust grains and aggregates
  • Dynamics and coagulation of dust aggregates
  • Dynamics of charged grains in Saturn's F Ring
  • Dynamics and aggregation of dust in protoplanetary disks
  • Dynamics of Dust Crystals and Dust Strings
  • Hypervelocity Impact Studies
Courses Taught

PHY 1408 - Physics for Natural and Behavior Sciences I
PHY 1409 - Physics for Natural and Behavior Sciences II
PHY 1430 - General Physics I
PHY 1430 - General Physics II
PHY 2360 - Mathematical and Computational Physics
PHY 3320 - Intermediate Classical Mechanics
PHY 3350 - Topics in Astronomy
PHY 4350 - Introduction to Stellar Structure and Evolution
PHY 5320 - Classical Mechanics
PHY 5352 - Plasma Physics

Honors Students

Jeremy Smallwood B.S., 2015, Thesis: Photophoresis: A Potential Sorting Mechanism in Protoplanetary Disks
Will Barnes, B.S., 2013, Thesis: Astrophysical Applications of Dusty Plasma Physics
Brandon Doyle, B.S., 2012, Thesis: Experimental Methodology of Dust Aggregates
Eileen Fernandez, B.S., 2009, Thesis: Circumplanetary Dust: The Martian System and Saturn’s F Ring

Graduate Students

Eva Kostadinova
Indra Mani-Ghimire
Raziyeh Yousefi
Jonathan Perry, M.S., 2012, Thesis: Effect of Microphysical Interactions on Aggregate Morphologies
Qianyu (Theresa) Ma, Ph.D., 2011, Dissertation: Charging of Aggregate Grains in Astrophysical Environments

Post-Doctorate Research Fellows

Dr. Victor Land (2008-2012)

Grants Funded

NSF/DOE: Collaborative Research: Fundamental Charging Processes of Dust in Complex Plasmas (September 2014- August 2017), $345,000.

NSF CAREER: Charging and Coagulation of Dust Grains In Astrophysical and Laboratory Environments (June 2009- May 2015), $436,658.

Recent Publications

Dusty Plasma Cavities: Probe-Induced and Natural, Harris, B., L. S. Matthews, and T. W. Hyde, Physical Review E, 91(6), 063105, 2015. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.91.063105 Available on Beardocs

Electrical Conductivity of the Thermal Dusty Plasma under the Conditions of a Hybrid Plasma Environment Simulation Facility, Zhukhovitskii, D., O. Petrov, T. Hyde, G. Herdrich, R. Laufer, M. Dropmann, and L. Matthews, New Journal of Physics, 17, 053041, 2015. doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/17/5/053041 Available on BearDocs

Mode couplings and resonance instabilities in finite dust chains, Qiao, K., J. Kong, L. Matthews, and T. Hyde, Physical Review E, 91(5), 053101, May, 2015. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.91.053101 Available on BearDocs

Mode coupling and resonance instabilities in quasi-two-dimensional dust clusters in complex plasmas, Qiao, K., J. Kong, J. Carmona, L. S. Matthews, and T. W. Hyde, Physical Review E, 90, 033109, September, 2014. Available on BearDocs

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional Coulomb clusters in parabolic traps, D’yachkov, L. G., M. I. Myasnikov, O.F. Petrov, T. W. Hyde, J. Kong, and L. S. Matthews, Physics of Plasmas, 21(9), 093702, 2014. Available on BearDocs

Measurement of net electric charge and dipole moment of dust aggregates in a complex plasma, R.Yousefi, A. Davis, J. Carmona-Reyes, L. S. Matthews, and T. W. Hyde, Physics Review E, 90, 033101, 2014. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.90.033101 Available on BearDocs

Interaction force in a vertical dust chain inside a glass box, J.Kong, K. Qiao, L. S. Matthews, and T. W. Hyde, Physical Review E, 90, 013107, 2014. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.013107 Available on BearDocs

Photophoresis on microparticles under microgravity, Küpper, M., C. de Beule, G. Wurm, L. Matthews, J. Kimery, and T. W. Hyde, Journal of Aerosol Science, 76, 126-137, 2014. doi:10.1016/j.jaerosci.2014.06.008 Available on BearDocs

Slow Plastic Deformation (Creep) of 2D Dusty Plasma Solids, Hartmann, P., A. Z. Kovacs, A. M. Douglass, J. Carmona-Reyes, L. S. Matthews, and T. W. Hyde, Phys Rev Letters, 113, 025002, 2014. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.025002 Available on BearDocs

Dust as probe for horizontal field distribution in low pressure gas discharges, Hartmann, P., A. Z. Kovacs, J. Carmona-Reyes, L. S. Matthews, and T. W. Hyde, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 23, 045008, 2014. doi: 10.1088/0963-0252/23/4/045008 Available on BearDocs

Mode couplings and resonance instabilities in dust clusters, Qiao, K., J. Kong, E. Van Oeveren, L. S. Matthews, and T. W. Hyde, Phys Rev E, 88, 043103, 2013. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.88.043103 Available on BearDocs

Cosmic Dust Aggregation with Stochastic Charging, Matthews, L. S., B. Shotorban, and T. W. Hyde, Astrophysical Journal, 776, 103, 2013. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/776/2/103 Available on BearDocs

A complete publication list can be found on BearDocs