Title

Missouri Plasmoid Experiment

Presenter Information

Mitchell Wainwright

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Rovey, Joshua L.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri Space Grant

Abstract

Using emitted light to determine characteristics of a plasma provides a valuable tool for gaining insight into characteristics of a plasma including temperature and density. When using spectroscopic data to determine these characteristics within a plasma, it is sometimes necessary to refine some assumptions in order to improve on the precision of obtained values. Two specific topics of interest are effects of the relaxation of an optically thin assumption and effect of ionic cross sectional data on spectroscopic analysis of plasma characteristics. With the inclusion of these effects, more precise characteristics can be obtained with the goal of reducing analysis error to below that of the experiment.

Biography

Mitchell Wainwright is a graduating senior in Aerospace Engineering who has participated in many undergraduate activities including college athletics, design teams, volunteer work, and research. Mitchell plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, researching characteristics of pulse induced plasma.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Missouri Plasmoid Experiment

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Using emitted light to determine characteristics of a plasma provides a valuable tool for gaining insight into characteristics of a plasma including temperature and density. When using spectroscopic data to determine these characteristics within a plasma, it is sometimes necessary to refine some assumptions in order to improve on the precision of obtained values. Two specific topics of interest are effects of the relaxation of an optically thin assumption and effect of ionic cross sectional data on spectroscopic analysis of plasma characteristics. With the inclusion of these effects, more precise characteristics can be obtained with the goal of reducing analysis error to below that of the experiment.