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11th Annual Graduate Student Symposium (Virtual), 2020

The 11th Annual MIPSE Graduate Student Symposium took place on November 17 and 18, 2020, in a virtual mode. We had 47 poster presentations by our graduate and undergraduate students – including 37 presentations by U-M students, 7 by MSU students, 2 by Notre Dame University students, and one by a student from Kharazmi University, Iran. Many of the presenters also submitted a one-minute video (flashtalk) describing their research. We thank all of the presenters for their top-flight posters and expert descriptions. The symposium was a great success, enabling our students to share the results of their state-of-the-art research and learn from their colleagues.

11th MIPSE Graduate Symposium
11th MIPSE Graduate Symposium

Our featured speaker was Dr. Sarah Nelson of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); she presented a talk titled Lasers, Z Pinches, and Nuclear Weapons: The Importance of Plasma Physics to the NNSA.

We enjoyed the sponsorship of KLA, Inc., the leading metrology company for the semiconductor industry. We thank Dr. Shuo Huang, Hannah Cline, and Tina Revels for organizing the sponsorship.

Our Student Organizing Committee - Sneha Banerjee, Codie Fiedler Kawaguchi, and Zhenyu Ma - provided expert help with planning and running the Symposium. We are grateful to the committee members for their dedication, creativity, and efficient problem solving.


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Tuesday, November 17, 3:30 - 6:30 pm

  • 3:30 - 3:45 pm: Opening remarks
  • 3:45 - 4:15 pm: Oral session I ("Flashtalk" previews of poster presentations)
  • 4:15 - 5:00 pm: Poster session I (separate Zoom meetings for each poster)
  • 5:00 - 5:45 pm: Poster session II (separate Zoom meetings for each poster)
  • 5:45 - 6:30 pm: KLA recruiting activities

Wednesday, November 18, 3:30 - 7:15 pm

  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm: Special MIPSE seminar: Dr. Sarah Nelson, National Nuclear Security Administration
  • 4:30 - 5:00 pm: Oral session II ("Flashtalk" previews of poster presentations)
  • 5:00 - 5:45 pm: Poster session III (separate Zoom meetings for each poster)
  • 5:45 - 6:30 pm: Poster session IV (separate Zoom meetings for each poster)
  • 6:30 - 7:00 pm: Break
  • 7:00 - 7:15 pm: Best Presentation Award ceremony

Best Presentation Award

We had an excellent team of MIPSE judges for the Best Presentation competition. Our judges were: Dr. Paul Campbell, Dr. Sanjana Kerketta, Dr. Roman Shapovalov, Dr. Patrick Wong, and Dr. Rachel Young. The judges had a challenging task in selecting from the many outstanding presentations. The Best Presentation Award winners are:

  • Sneha Banerjee (Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSU)
  • Abhijit Jassem (Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, U-M)
  • Mackenzie Meyer (Applied Physics, U-M)
  • Lucas Stanek (Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, MSU)
11th MIPSE Graduate Symposium
Best Presentation Award ceremony: Prof. Mark Kushner (Director of MIPSE) with judges (not shown: Paul Campbell and Patrick Wong) and winners

The winners will receive a MIPSE mug, a plasma book of their choice, and a gift certificate from KLA.

Scientific Program

Poster Session I

Tuesday, November 17, 4:15 - 5:00 pm

Poster Number Author (Affiliation) Presentation
1-01 Asif IqbalMSU Characterization of Single Surface Multipactor Discharge in the Frequency Domain Abstract Flashtalk
1-02 Moved to Poster Session II  
1-03 Jinyu YangND Hand-generated Piezoelectric Mechanical-to-electrical Energy Conversion Plasma Abstract Flashtalk
1-04 Michael SpringsteadU-M Laboratory Generated Photoionization Fronts Relevant to Cosmology Abstract Presentation: PPTX
1-05 Austin BrennerU-M Modeling the Earth’s Magnetosphere as a Current Circuit Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PDF
1-06 Jordyn PolitoU-M A Global Model for the Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Surface Functionalization of Polystyrene Abstract
1-07 Kwyntero KelsoU-M Observation of Photoionization Fronts in Laboratory Experiments Abstract Presentation: PPTX
1-08 Joshua WoodsU-M Pathways for Increased Performance of a Rotating Magnetic Field Thruster Abstract Flashtalk
1-09 Yang ZhouMSU Plasmon-Enhanced Resonant Photoemission Using Atomically Thick Dielectric Coatings Abstract Flashtalk
1-10 Zachariah BrownU-M Experimental Measurement of Non-linear Coupling and Energy Transfer in Plasma Turbulence in a Hall Effect Thruster Abstract Flashtalk
1-11 Michael WadasU-M A Theoretical Approach for Shock Strengthening in High-energy-density Laser Compression Experiments Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PDF

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Poster Session II

Tuesday, November 17, 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Poster Number Author (Affiliation) Presentation
1-02 Julian KinneyU-M Exploration of Parameters for a Future Radiative Shock/Shear Experiment Abstract
2-01 Yi LuoMSU Exact Theory for Pulsed Laser Induced Photoemission from Biased Surface Abstract Flashtalk
2-02 Griffin CearleyU-M Computational Investigation of Impulse-fluence Scaling in X-ray Illuminated Materials on the National Ignition Facility Abstract
2-03 Tate GillU-M Design of a Three-phase Rotating Magnetic Field Power Processing Unit for Inductive Plasmoid Propulsion Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PDF
2-04 Daniel MartinND Experiments Confirm Solvated Electron Penetration Depth Scaling in a Plasma-liquid System Abstract Presentation: PDF
2-05 Ryan SandbergU-M FARRSIGHT: A Forward Adaptively Refined and Regularized Semi-Lagrangian Integral Green’s Function Hierarchical Tree-code Accelerated Method for the Vlasov-Poisson System Abstract Flashtalk
2-06 Hongmei TangU-M Laser Channeling and Electron Acceleration from High Intensity Laser Interactions with an Underdense Plasma Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PDF
2-07 Mackenzie MeyerU-M Modeling Sheath Dynamics around Water Droplets in Low Temperature Plasmas Abstract Flashtalk
2-08 Lucas StanekMSU Multi-Fidelity Machine Learning for Extending the Range of High-Fidelity Molecular Dynamics Data Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PDF
2-09 Benjamin WachsU-M Optimization of a Low Power ECR Thruster Using Two-frequency Heating Abstract Presentation: PDF
2-10 Mario BalcazarU-M Phase-Contrast Imaging of Hydrodynamic Shocks in Water with a Betatron X-ray Source Abstract
2-11 Connor ToddU-M Production of Synthetic Phase Contrast Images for Comparison with CRASH Radiograph Output Abstract
2-12 Andre AntoineU-M Using Reduced Order Modeling to Understand the Physics of Injection in Laser Wakefield Acceleration Abstract

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Poster Session III

Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Poster Number Author (Affiliation) Presentation
3-01 Forrest GlinesMSU Decaying Magnetized Turbulence in the Taylor-Green Vortex Abstract Flashtalk
3-02 Abhijit JassemU-M Analysis of Miram Curves with Two-Dimensional Work Function Distributions Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PPTX
3-03 Sneha BanerjeeMSU Contact Engineering in 2D-Material-Based Electrical Contacts Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PDF
3-04 Akash ShahU-M Development of a Gas-Puff Z-Pinch Experiment for the 1-MA, 100-ns MAIZE Linear Transformer Driver Abstract
3-05 Milad RasouliKharazmi University Gas Plasma Effects on Chemoresistance Ovarian Cells Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PDF
3-06 Kseniia KoninaU-M Interactions of Porous Dielectric Materials with Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas Abstract
3-07 Brandon RussellU-M Magnetic Field Generation at Extreme Laser Intensities Abstract
3-08 George DowhanU-M New X-Pinch Platform and Diagnostics for the MAIZE Facility Abstract Presentation: PDF
3-09 Jon MurphyU-M Optimization of High Repetition-rate Laser-driven Particle and Radiation Sources Using Machine-learning Techniques Abstract
3-10 Leanne SuU-M Physical Differences Between Xenon and Krypton Operation on a Magnetically-shielded Hall Thruster Abstract Flashtalk
3-11 Jinpu LinU-M Feature Analysis in Relativistic Laser-plasma Experiments Utilizing Machine Learning Methods Abstract Presentation: PDF
3-12 Thomas MarksU-M Fluid Simulations of Magnetic Nozzle Thruster Including Plasma Source Abstract Flashtalk

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Poster Session IV

Wednesday, November 18, 5:45 - 6:30 pm

Poster Number Author (Affiliation) Presentation
4-01 Janez KrekMSU Utilizing a Global Model to Identify Relevant Reactions in Chemically Complicated Plasma Systems Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PPTX
4-02 Raul MeleanU-M Pulsed-power Magnetized Jets for Laboratory Astrophysics at MAIZE Abstract Presentation: PDF
4-03 Steven LanhamU-M Controlling Composition of Particles Grown in Dusty Plasmas Abstract
4-04 Christopher SercelU-M Effect of Flux Conservers on Inductive Pulsed Plasmoid Thrusters Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PPTX
4-05 Robert VanDervortU-M Experiments Relevant to the Interaction of Stellar Radiation with Nearby Gas Clouds Abstract
4-06 Matthew ByrneU-M Investigation of Techniques to Mitigate the Erosion of a Mesh Reflector Exposed to a Hall Thruster Plume Abstract Flashtalk
4-07 Shadrach HepnerU-M The Influence of Instabilities on Electron Dynamics in a Magnetic Nozzle Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PPTX
4-08 Heath LeFevreU-M Ni-lined Capsules as Backlighters for Multiple Measurements in High-energy-density Physics Experiments Abstract Presentation: PDF
4-09 Jason CardarelliU-M Optimized Spectroscopic Measurement of High Energy, Narrow Energy-Spread Electron Beams from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator Abstract
4-10 Khalil BryantU-M PlasmaPy for HEDP Regime Abstract Presentation: PPTX
4-11 Collin WhittakerU-M Uncertainty Quantification and Credible Predictions for Reduced-Fidelity Modeling of Porous Electrospray Abstract Flashtalk Presentation: PPTX, PDF
4-12 Shannon HillU-M Using Auroras to Investigate the Geospace Magnetic Topology Abstract Flashtalk

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