Short pulses of intense light can quantify velocity, temperature, and species in a wide range of extreme environments from engines to hypersonic flows; we develop new methods for high-precision measurement in challenging settings.
High-Power Beam Propagation
The propagation of laser beams is governed by a complex interplay between nonlinear optics, fluid mechanics, and plasma physics.
Plasma Physics and Engineering
Plasma, the most common state of matter in the universe, is the key to fusion, plasma propulsion, and space physics. We tackle both basic and applied problems to advance plasma science and applications.