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Computational Physics of Nonequilibrium Plasma for Space Propulsion


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Rocket Propulsion Division

opportunity location
13.30.12.B7618 Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524


name email phone
Daniel Eckhardt 661-275-6795


This research topic in applied physics and mathematics focuses on the development and application of advanced numerical methods and physical models applied to plasma dynamics for conditions relevant to various applications of interest to the Air Force, particularly electric propulsion systems. Physical regimes range from rarefied plasma to ideal MHD, weakly to fully ionized, and with temperatures up to 100 eV. We are particularly interested in multiscale methods, hybrid methods, and innovative mathematical and numerical approaches to solving plasma kinetics. Fluid (MHD) and multi-fluid models, collisional-radiative (CR) kinetics, particle-in-cell (PIC), and Monte-Carlo collisions (MCC) methods are of typical interests, as well as Vlasov/Fokker-Planck approaches and their combination.



Brackbill I, et al: Numerical Analysis of Neutral Entrainment Effect on Field-Reversed Configuration Thruster Efficiency, Journal of Propulsion and Power 30(6): 1450-1458, 2014

Shumlak R, et al: Advanced physics calculations using a multi-fluid plasma model. Computer Physic Communications, Special Edition for Conference on Computational Physics 182(9): 1767-1770, 2011


key words
Plasma; Vlasov; Multifluid; PIC; Collisional-radiative; Nonequilibrium;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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