Guilin, China

Brian Kraus

Graduate Research Assistant in Plasma Physics,
Department of Astrophysical Sciences,
Princeton University
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Office phone: (609) 243-3205
E-mail: bkraus -at -

CV (April 2019)

After growing up in Palmer Lake, Colorado, I studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Alabama. While a graduate research assistant at Princeton, I've focused on three main research topics:


  1. L. Gao, B. F. Kraus, K. W. Hill, M. Bitter, P. Efthimion, M. B. Schneider, A. G. MacPhee, D. B. Thorn, J. Kilkenny, J. Ayers, R. Kauffman, H. Chen, and D. Nelson, "Absolute calibration of a time-resolved high resolution x-ray spectrometer for the National Ignition Facility (invited)," Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 10F125 (2018). doi:10.1063/1.5039340.
  2. M. Bitter, K. W. Hill, L. Gao, B. F. Kraus, P. C. Efthimion, L. Delgado-Aparicio, N. Pablant, B. Stratton, M. Schneider, F. Coppari, R. Kauffman, A. G. MacPhee, Y. Ping, and D. Thorn, "A new toroidal x-ray crystal spectrometer for the diagnosis of high energy density plasmas at the National Ignition Facility," Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 10F118 (2018). doi:10.1063/1.5036806.
  3. B. F. Kraus and Y. Raitses, "Floating potential of emitting surfaces in plasmas with respect to the space potential," Physics of Plasmas 25, 030701 (2018). doi:10.1063/1.5018335.
  4. B. F. Kraus and S. R. Hudson, "Theory and discretization of ideal magnetohydrodynamic equilibria with fractal pressure profiles," Physics of Plasmas 24 (9), 092519 (2017). doi:10.1063/1.4986493.
  5. S. R. Hudson and B. F. Kraus, "Three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic equilibria with continuous magnetic fields," Journal of Plasma Physics 83 (4), 715830403 (2017). doi:10.1017/S0022377817000538.

Other Interests

Science on WPRB

These Vibes Are Too Cosmic is an FM radio science program. Since January 2016, Stevie Bergman and I have been conducting weekly research interviews and reporting science news from 6-8pm on Tuesday evenings.

We air on Princeton University's independent student radio station WPRB, which has broadcasted since 1940 and now puts out 14 kW of radio signal on 103.3 FM, accessible from Newark to Philadelphia.

Tours at PPPL

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory offers tours to members of the public on a regular basis. I give tours about once a month, both to members of the general public (sign up here) and to groups of students, anywhere between elementary school to graduate school.

The tour gives a thorough perspective on the lab over about two hours, usually from 10am to lunchtime. Guests may see plasma demonstrations, fusion machines from the 1960s to now, the National Spherical Torus Experiment and its control room, the Hall Thruster Laboratory and more.

PPPL Ping Pong League

The PPPL student community (undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs) have a vibrant Ping Pong League. All scores and rankings can be found at the league website.

A summary of accomplishments and plans for the PPPL Ping Pong League was presented at the Summer 2016 SULI Program's poster session.

Last modified April 2019.