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Researchers Involved in Plasma Astrophysics at Princeton


  • Amitava Bhattarjee:
  • Adam Burrows MHD, supernovae, high-performance computing.
  • Ron Davidson: high-energy-density plasma physics.
  • Fatima Ebrahimi: theoretical and global computational extended MHD with wide applications to astrophysical and laboratory plasmas; studies of  large-scale dynamos and momentum transport from flow-driven magnetorotational and current-driven tearing instabilities, magnetic reconnection in laboratory fusion and astrophysical plasmas.
  • Jeremy Goodman: MHD, reconnection, an high energy plasma astrophysics.
  • Greg Hammett: theoretical and computational studies of kinetic effects such as Landau damping and microinstabilities on turbulence in hot plasmas, such as occur in black hole accretion disks, clusters of galaxies, and laboratory fusion plasmas; algorithms for 3-D fluid, 5-D gyrokinetic, and 6- kinetic turbulence simulations.
  • Nat Fisch: high energy density physics, high-intensity laser-plasma interactions, and inertial confinement fusion.
  • Stephen Jardin: MHD, reconnection, high performance computing, numerical algorithms.
  • Matthew Kunz: theoretical plasma astrophysics, non-ideal MHD, kinetic plasma physics, turbulent transport, as they pertain to molecular clouds, protoplanetary disks, the solar wind, black-hole accretion flows, and the intracluster medium of galaxy clusters.
  • Hantao Ji: magnetic reconnection (Magnetic Reconnection Experiment, FLARE) and magnetorotational instability (MagnetoRotational Instability Experiment).
  • Russell Kulsrud: theoretical plasma astrophysics, MHD, reconnection, cosmic rays.
  • Stewart Prager: (director, PPPL, and former director of the Center for Magnetic Self Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas)
  • Anatoly Spitkovsky: theoretical high-energy astrophysics, mainly using high-performance computing to understand the physics of relativistic outflows, pulsar magnetospheres, and collisionless shocks.
  • Jim Stone: MHD turbulence and transport in accretion disks and the dynamics of radiation-dominated plasmas around compact objects such as black holes; the development and application of numerical methods for radiation and general-relativistic MHD on modern parallel computers.
  • Masaaki Yamada: magnetic reconnection (Magnetic Reconnection Experiment).