PPST Graduate Students

In its 40 years, the PPST has supported the research activities of about 200 Princeton graduate students. Most have gone on to receive advanced degrees from their departments (Applied Mathematics, Astrophysical Sciences, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or Physics) and to rewarding careers in academia and industry.

Based on students’ research interests, candidates are recommended for the PPST by faculty in their home departments. Students typically start in the PPST after passing their departments qualifying exam.

An alphabetical list of PPST Graduate Students.

PPST Graduate Students by Calendar Year:

2014-2015 2003-2004
2013-2014 2002-2003
2012-2013 2001-2002
2011-2012 2000-2001
2010-2011 1999-2000
2009-2010 1998-1999
2008-2009 1997-1998
2007-2008 1996-1997
2006-2007 1995-1996
2005-2006 1994-1995
2004-2005 1992-1994

Current Sheet Evolution in a Parallel-plate Accelerator
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A current sheet is observed to propagate from the breech of a parallel-plate accelerator and exit at a speed of approximately 35 km/s. Two things, among others, are evident in the movie. The first is that the current sheet severely tilts, with the anode attachment leading the cathode. Also, a dense blanket of luminous plasma on the cathode is seen to trail behind the current sheet. Both of these phenomena have negative implications for the performance of pulsed plasma thrusters and are discussed in http://alfven.princeton.edu/projects/cssx.htm

The movie, by Tom Markusic, was made from frames recorded with an Imacon framing camera. For more on the visualization technique and the movie, see http://alfven.princeton.edu/papers/MarkusicIEEE2005abstext.htm