Scott Baalrud will join NERS as an associate professor in January 2021.
Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion
New Faculty: Scott Baalrud
NERS promotes several faculty members and research scientists
The promotions take effect September 1, 2020.
NERS Professor Karl Krushelnick honored with professorship
Krushelnick has been named the Henry J. Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Engineering.
Carolyn Kuranz appointed to the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
The committee advises the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
John Foster named Associate Fellow of the AIAA
Professor Foster is recognized for his work on ion thruster life extension.
Best Presentation Award given to NERS Ph.D. Candidate Jinpu Lin
Jinpu won with his poster “Scaling Relativistic Laser‐solid Interaction Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses.”
NERS Ph.D. Student Yao Kovach given Best Presentation Award
Yao won with her poster “Particle Emission from an Anode Liquid Surface of Electrolyte in Atmospheric Pressure DC Glow.”
Professor Alec Thomas wins Research Accelerator Award
NERS Associate Professor Alec Thomas has won a Research Accelerator Award for his team’s proposal to construct a high-repetition-rate X-ray beamline, using U-M’s HERCULES laser, for transformative manufacturing applications across engineering, medicine, homeland security and science.
Professor John Foster pens most-highly cited paper
Professor John Foster’s article, “Plasma-based water purification: Challenges and prospects for the future,” was the most highly cited paper published in 2017 in the journal Physics of Plasmas.
Ryan McBride receives 2018 ONR Young Investigator Award
By Kim Roth Associate Professor Ryan McBride has received a 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. The three-year award grants $170,000 annually for McBride’s proposal, “High-Power Microwave Generation by Compact Linear Transformer Driver Technology.” Generating high-power microwaves for directed energy from compact and efficient generators is crucial to a wide range […]
Intense laser experiments provide first evidence that light can stop electrons
By hitting electrons with an ultra-intense laser, researchers have stopped them as effectively shooting them at a sheet of lead, demonstrating what’s called “radiation reaction.”