The aim of the UCD Microwave Plasma Interaction program is to understand the interaction physics between electromagnetic waves and plasmas and to address fundamental physics issues related to plasma turbulence, laser fusion, laser-based accelerators and advanced laser sources. The approach is to employ large low density plasmas which are easily diagnosed and high power microwave sources.

MPI studies offer significant advantages over their laser plasma counterparts including:

In the following, you will find a brief description of the experimental apparatus (chambers and sources) utilized in these studies, as well as brief summaries of many of the studies themselves.

For more information, contact Ross Geck at geck@ece.ucdavis.edu.