Baylor physicist joins editorial board of largest journal in plasma physics

February 13, 2020

WACO, Texas (February 13, 2020) Lorin Matthews, Ph.D., professor of Physics and associate director of Baylor's Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), has joined the editorial board of Physics of Plasmas, the largest journal in plasma physics publishing.

Matthews received her Ph.D. in Physics from Baylor University in 1998. She worked for Raytheon Aircraft Integration Systems from 1998-2000 as a multi-disciplined engineer in the Flight Sciences Department, where she was the lead vibroacoustics analyst on projects such as NASA's SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) aircraft. In 2000, she joined the faculty at Baylor University.

Plasmas make up more than 99.99% of the material in the universe. Matthews’ area of expertise is in dusty plasmas, small particles which are embedded in an ionized gas. Her research focuses on numerical modeling and experimental investigations of the charging and dynamics of dust in astrophysical and laboratory plasma environments, including processes which influence the early stages of planet formation in protoplanetary disks, the evolution of dusty structures in planetary rings, and dynamics, stability, and phase transitions in self-assembling systems such as dust crystals and dust strings.


The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) is a stand-alone research center located at Baylor University. CASPER teams conduct research in a number of theoretical and experimental areas and offer both basic research as well as engineering and design opportunities for graduate, undergraduate, technical support and high school students as well as grade school, middle school and high school teachers. For more information, visit

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Physics of Plasmas (PoP), published by AIP Publishing in cooperation with the APS Division of Plasma Physics, is committed to the publication of original research in all areas of experimental and theoretical plasma physics.

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