Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering
Welcome to the website of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering! MIPSE is a community of faculty, staff and students at the University of Michigan whose research and education programs are devoted to the advancement of the science and technology of plasmas. The breadth of research is impressive from laser produced plasmas for particle acceleration to plasmas in the earths magnetosphere. We take pride in the excellence of the research and in the resulting societal benefits.
3D simulation results from the CRASH (Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics) of a radiative shock formed in an elliptical shock tube. One fourth of the experimental domain is shown. The radiative shock is formed when a high-energy laser is incident on a thin beryllium disk, which behaves as a piston to compress Xe gas in an elliptical shock tube. Radiative fluxes become significant as compared to material energy fluxes in this system. Simulation results shown include the material components, mesh refinement and radiation temperature of the system.
Being a focal point for university-wide activities in plasmas, MIPSE:
- Provides opportunities for faculty and staff to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries
- Supports student research by sponsoring competitive fellowships to graduate students
- Sponsors a seminar series, inviting leading international researchers to the UM campus
- Seeds research activities to attract center-level funding
- Provides educational opportunities through a graduate certificate program in Plasma Science and Engineering (PSE)
- Sponsors an annual Graduate Student Symposium
- Invites companies with technology interests in plasma science and engineering to join the MIPSE Indusrial Affiliates Program
- Provides consultation to companies, government agencies and foundations involved in the use of plasmas