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The Plasma Sciences Laboratory (PSL) is one of theplasma physicsresearch laboratories in thePhysics DepartmentofAuburn University.

The mission of the laboratory is to carry out research to advance the knowledge of the fundamental phenomena in plasma sciences. This includes: studies of particle and energy transport in plasmas, collective behavior in plasma, and the interactions between plasmas and other materials.

Our work is centered on studies of flows in laboratory plasmas using the ALEXIS device and studies of dusty (complex) plasmas in the lab and in microgravity environments.


News and Updates:

May, 2018- Profs. Thomas and Konopka and seven Auburn graduate students attended and made presentations at the 15th Workshop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas hosted by University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC).

May, 2018- Prof. Edward Thomas, collaborator Prof. Jeremiah Williams, and Ph.D. student Lori Scott went to the German Space Agency (DLR) to conduct studies on the ground-based PK-4 Science Reference Module and analysis of flight data from the International Space Station.

April, 2018 - Welcome to Dr. Surabhi Jaiswal as our newest post-doctoral research associate in the lab. Dr. Jaiswal came to us after a 1-year research fellowship at the German Space Agency (DLR). She will be working on particle growth experiments on the MDPX device.

December, 2017- Our most recent paper, done as part of a collaborative project with Dr. S. Jaiswal (Inst. Plasma Research, India) is being highlighted as an American Instiute of Physics Scilight: Magnetic fields melt dusty plasma crystals

October, 2017- The PSL team presented 12 posters at the APS-Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Milwaukee, WI. One of our presentations was highlighted in the DPP Virtual Pressroom.

September, 2017- The AUPSL is part of the CPU2AL: Connecting the Plasma University to Alabama low temperature plasma physics consortium. A $20 million, 5-year research effort led by Univ. of Alabama at Hunstville.

August, 2017- Congratulations to newly minted PSL PhD’s - Dr. Brian Lynch (working on charging in dusty plasmas) and Dr. N. Ivan Arnold (working on optical diagnostics of low temperature plasmas).

Link to past updates.


The Auburn University Plasma Sciences Laboratoryacknowledges the past and current support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Auburn University, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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