Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics and University Honors
Plasma (Ionized gases), Dusty plasmas -- Computer simulation
From astronomy to industry, dust’s ubiquitous presence in plasma (so called “complex” or “dusty” plasma) makes it an interesting object of study for a number of different fields. In some cases, it plays a critical role in the progression of processes such as the formation of stars, planets, and complex molecules in interstellar clouds. In laboratory environments, it can play a more troublesome role– hindering, for instance, the efficiency of integrated circuits which are the foundation of our modern technological capabilities. Advances in computing power have enabled the utilization of simulations as a tool for exploring particle transport in a wide range of plasma environments. In this work, results of a Particle-in-Cell (PIC) simulation used to investigate plasma dynamics in the presence of individual dust particles are presented.
Rodriguez, Isabel J., "Some Assembly Required: Computational simulations of dusty plasma" (2018). University Honors Theses. Paper 622.