Earl Scime, Ph.D.
ContactOleg D. Jefimenko Professor of Physics West Virginia University Department of Physics and Astronomy White Hall 341 P.O. Box 6315 Morgantown, WV 26506-6315 Phone: 304-293-5125 E-mail: email@example.com
The primary theme of the WVU plasma physics group is space-relevant plasma physics. My group has a number of experimental laboratory, experimental space, and theoretical research projects. The core of our experimental laboratory plasma physics program is a high-density helicon plasma source coupled to a large space simulation chamber [Large Experiment on Instabilities and Anisotropies (LEIA)]. The WVU Hot hELIcon eXperiment (HELIX) source operates in a steady-state mode and is unique in that it can operate over a wide range of driving frequencies (0.3-35 MHz) and exhibits relatively high ion temperatures. The ion temperatures in argon and helium plasmas are measured with a non-invasive, laser induced fluorescence diagnostic.
Current research projects include the investigation of Alfven wave reflection and nonlinear interactions in high beta plasmas, coherent microwave scattering experiments to directly detect short wavelength, slow, waves in the edge of helicon sources, and the development of new laser induced fluorescence schemes for argon and helium ions using tunable diode lasers. Other ongoing projects include the development of atmospheric pressure discharges to aid in the reformation of hydrocarbon fuels.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1992 B.S., Florida State University, 1987