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Uncertainty Quantification in Low Temperature Plasmas


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Plasma Physics

opportunity location
64.15.76.C0368 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Ian Rittersdorf 202.404.7567


The objective of this program is to develop theories and computational methods which describe the fundamental parameters and processes necessary to understand the interaction of intense, short pulse charged particle beams with molecules, atoms, ions, and plasmas including collisional excitation, ionization, dissociation, recombination, and de-excitation processes. The overall goals of the project include description of the transition of intense charged particle beam driven plasmas from weakly-ionized and molecular to strongly-ionized and atomic. This includes determination of scattering cross sections for step-wise processes to ionization and dissociation as well as predicting the production rate of characteristic line radiation from air species. Of particular interest is evaluation of electron scattering cross section data and characterization of uncertainty in the data including covariance.

“Simulations of the generation and transport of a 5 MV end-point x-ray beam on a pulsed power generator,” A. S. Richardson, J. C. Zier, J. T. Engelbrecht, S. B. Swanekamp, J. W. Schumer, D. Mosher, P. F. Ottinger, D. L. Duke, T. J. Haines, M. P. McCumber, and A. Gehring, Phys. Rev. Accel. Beams, vol. 22, p. 050401, 2019. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevAccelBeams.22.050401

“Modeling nitrogen plasmas produced by intense electron beams,” J. R. Angus, D. Mosher, S. B. Swanekamp, P. F. Ottinger, J. W. Schumer, and D. D. Hinshelwood, Physics of Plasmas, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 053510-1–053510-14, 2016. DOI: 10.1063/1.4950840

key words
Atomic physics; Charged particle beam; Plasma; Nonadiabatic effects; non-Born-Oppenheimer effects; scattering; quantum; uncertainty quantification; covariance


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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