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PPST Graduate Students

In its 40 years, the PPST has supported the research activities of about 200 Princeton graduate students. Most have gone on to receive advanced degrees from their departments (Applied Mathematics, Astrophysical SciencesChemical and Biological EngineeringChemistryElectrical EngineeringMechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or Physics) and to rewarding careers in academia and industry.

Based on students’ research interests, candidates are recommended for the PPST by faculty in their home departments. Students typically start in the PPST after passing their department's qualifying exam.

An alphabetical list of PPST Graduate Students.

PPST Graduate Students by Academic Year [*]

Current Sheet Evolution in a Parallel-plate Accelerator

A current sheet is observed to propagate from the breech of a parallel-plate accelerator and exit at a speed of approximately 35 km/s. Two things, among others, are evident in the movie. The first is that the current sheet severely tilts, with the anode attachment leading the cathode. Also, a dense blanket of luminous plasma on the cathode is seen to trail behind the current sheet. Both of these phenomena have negative implications for the performance of pulsed plasma thrusters and are discussed in http://alfven.princeton.edu/projects/cssx.htm

The movie, by Tom Markusic, was made from frames recorded with an Imacon framing camera. For more on the visualization technique and the movie, see "Visualization of Current Sheet Evolution in a Pulsed Plasma Accelerator," T.E. Markusic, J.W. Berkery, and E.Y. Choueiri, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Vol 33:2 Part 1 (December 2005) 526-529.

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