CASPER conducts fundamental research in astrophysics, early universe cosmology, space physics, superstring / M theory, complex (dusty) plasma physics, hypervelocity impact (shock) physics and laser hypervelocity impact simulation physics.

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  • Dusty plasma cavities: Probe-induced and natural 

    Harris, Brandon; Matthews, Lorin S.; Hyde, Truell W. (American Physical Society, 2015-06-22)
    A comprehensive exploration of regional dust evacuation in complex plasma crystals is presented.Voids created in three-dimensional crystals on the International Space Station have provided a rich foundation for experiments, ...
  • Electrical Conductivity of the Thermal Dusty Plasma under the Conditions of a Hybrid Plasma Environment Simulation Facility 

    Zhukhovitskii, D.; Petrov, O.; Hyde, T. W.; Herdrich, G.; Laufer, R.; Dropmann, M.; Matthews, L. S. (New Journal of Physcis, 2015-05-27)
    We discuss the inductively heated plasma generator (IPG) facility in application to the generation of the thermal dusty plasma formed by the positively charged dust particles and the electrons emitted by them. We develop ...
  • Mode couplings and resonance instabilities in finite dust chains 

    Qiao, K.; Kong, J.; Matthews, L.; Hyde, T. W. (American Physical Society, 2015-05-08)
    Employing a numerical simulation, the normal modes are investigated for finite, one-dimensional horizontal dust chains in complex plasma. Mode couplings induced by the ion flow within the sheath are identified in the mode ...
  • Mode coupling and resonance instabilities in quasi-two-dimensional dust clusters in complex plasmas 

    Qiao, Ke; Kong, J.; Carmona, J.; Matthews, L. S.; Hyde, T. W. (American Physical Society, 2014-09-16)
    Small quasi-two-dimensional dust clusters consisting of three to eleven particles are formed in an argon plasma under varying rf power. Their normal modes are investigated through their mode spectra obtained from tracking ...
  • Two-dimensional and three-dimensional Coulomb clusters in parabolic traps 

    Myasnikov, M.; D'yachkov, L.; Petrov, O.; Hyde, T. W.; Kong., J.; Matthews, L. S. (AIP Publishing, 2014-09-08)
    We consider the shell structure of Coulomb clusters in an axially symmetric parabolic trap exhibiting a confining potential U_c(ρ,z)=(mω^2/2)(ρ^2+αz^2) . Assuming an anisotropic parameter α = 4 (corresponding to experiments ...
  • Measurement of net electric charge and dipole moment of dust aggregates in a complex plasma 

    Yousefi, Raziyeh; Davis, Allen; Carmona-Reyes, Jorge; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell (Physical Review E, 2014-09-02)
    Understanding the agglomeration of dust particles in complex plasmas requires knowledge of basic properties such as the net electrostatic charge and dipole moment of the dust. In this study, dust aggregates are formed from ...
  • Cosmic Dust Aggregation with Stochastic Charging 

    Matthews, L.S.; Shotorban, B.; Hyde, T.W. (Astrophysical Journal, 2013-10-04)
    The coagulation of cosmic dust grains is a fundamental process which takes place in astrophysical environments, such as presolar nebulae and circumstellar and protoplanetary disks. Cosmic dust grains can become charged ...
  • Photophoresis on polydisperse basalt microparticles under microgravity 

    Kupper, M.; de Beule, C.; Wurm, G.; Matthews, L.; Kimery, J.; Hyde, T.W. (Journal of Aerosol Science, 2014-10)
    Photophoresis is a force which can dominate the motion of illuminated aerosols in low pressure environments of laboratory experiments, planetary atmospheres or protoplanetary disks. In drop tower experiments we quantified ...
  • Interaction force in a vertical dust chain inside a glass box 

    Kong, J.; Qiao, K.; Matthews, L.S.; Hyde, T.W. (Physical Review E, 2014-07-31)
    Small number dust particle clusters can be used as probes for plasma diagnostics. The number of dust particles as well as cluster size and shape can be easily controlled employing a glass box placed within a Gaseous ...
  • Dust as probe for horizontal field distribution in low pressure gas discharges 

    Hartmann, P.; Kovacs, A. Z.; Carmona-Reyes, J.; Matthews, L.S.; Hyde, T.W. (Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 2014-06-23)
    Using dust grains as probes in gas discharge plasma is a very promising, but at the same time very challenging method, as the individual external control of dust grains has to be solved. We propose and demonstrate the ...
  • Slow Plastic Deformation (Creep) of 2D Dusty Plasma Solids 

    Hartmann, P.; Kovacs, A. Z.; Douglass, A. M.; Carmona-Reyes, J.; Matthews, L. S.; Hyde, T. W. (Physical Review Letters, 201-07-09)
    We report complex plasma experiments, assisted by numerical simulations, providing an alternative qualitative link between the macroscopic response of polycrystalline solid matter to small shearing forces and the possible ...
  • Mode couplings and resonance instabilities in dust clusters 

    Qiao, Ke; Van Oeveren, E.; Matthews, L.S.; Hyde, T.W. (Physical Review E, 2013-10-16)
    The normal modes for three to seven particle two-dimensional (2D) dust clusters in a complex plasma are investigated using an N-body simulation. The ion wakefield downstream of each particle is shown to induce coupling ...
  • Helical Structures in Vertically Aligned Dust Particle Chains in a Complex Plasma 

    Hyde, T. W.; Kong, J.; Matthews, L.S. (Physical Review E, 2013-05-16)
    Self-assembly of structures from vertically aligned, charged dust particle bundles within a glass box placed on the lower, powered electrode of a Gaseous Electronics Conference rf reference cell were produced and examined ...
  • Vertical probe-induced asymmetric dust oscillation in complex plasma 

    Harris, B. J.; Matthews, L.S.; Hyde, T. W. (Physical Review E, 2013-05-24)
    A complex plasma vertical oscillation experiment which modifies the bulk is presented. Spherical, micron-sized particles within a Coulomb crystal levitated in the sheath above the powered lower electrode in a GEC reference ...
  • Effects of monomer shape on the formation of aggregates from a power law monomer distribution 

    Perry, Jonathan; Kimery, Jesse; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell (New Journal of Physcis, 2013)
    The coagulation of dust aggregates is an important process in many physical systems such as the Earth’s upper atmosphere, comet tails and protoplanetary discs. Numerical models which study the aggregation in these systems ...
  • Mode Couplings and Conversions for Horizontal Dust Particle Pairs in Complex Plasmas 

    Qiao, Ke; Kong, Jie; Zhang, Zhuanhao; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell (IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 2013-04)
    The normal modes for horizontal dust particle pairs in a complex plasma are investigated using two methods, a numerical calculation and a molecular dynamics simulation. The ion wakefield downstream of each particle and the ...
  • Vertical Interaction Between Dust Particles Confined in a Glass Box in a Complex Plasma 

    Kong, Jie; Qiao, Ke; Carmona-Reyes, Jorge; Douglass, Angela; Zhang, Zhuanhao; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell (IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 2013-04)
    In this experiment, falling particle trajectories within and without a glass box placed on the lower electrode in a Gaseous Electronics Conference reference cell are recorded and analyzed, and the electrostatic forces ...
  • Glow and Dust in Plasma Boundaries 

    Land, Victor; Douglass, Angela; Qiao, Ke; Zhang, Zhuanhao; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell W. (IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 2013-04)
    The sheath region is probed in different complex plasma experiments using dust particles in addition to the measurement of the optical emission originating from the plasma. The local maximum in the optical emission coincides ...
  • A New Inductively Driven Plasma Generator (IPG6)—Setup and Initial Experiments 

    Dropmann, Michael; Herdrich, Georg; Laufer, Rene; Puckert, Dominik; Fulge, Hannes; Fasoulas, Stefanos; Schmoke, Jimmy; Cook, Mike; Hyde, Truell W. (IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 2013-04)
    As part of the partnership between the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) at Baylor University and the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart, a new design for ...
  • Charging of aggregate grains in astrophysical environments 

    Ma, Qianyu; Matthews, Lorin; Land, Victor; Hyde, Truell (Astrophysical Journal, 2013-02-01)
    The charging of dust grains in astrophysical environments has been investigated with the assumption that these grains are homogeneous spheres. However, there is evidence which suggests that many grains in astrophysical ...

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