6–10 January 2020
Hyatt Regency Orlando,
Orlando, Florida

Diagnostics for Plasmas and Gases (NEW!)

5-6 January 2019
0800-1700 hrs
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Member - Early (until 17 December)  $500
Member - Standard  $600
Conference Rate $700

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The course presents diagnostic techniques for the measurement of plasmas and gases. These include passive optical methods such as emission spectroscopy, laser diagnostics such as laser induced fluorescence and Rayleigh scattering, and physical probe diagnostics such as Langmuir probes. The course will be taught by experts in each diagnostic and cover the background theory, practical considerations, data analysis, and applications. The course will in a tutorial style to provide the most benefit for new practitioners.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of plasma diagnostics
  • Learn the theory, operation, and analysis of passive optical diagnostics
  • Learn the theory, operation, and analysis of laser diagnostics
  • Gain sufficient background to pursue own research and use of diagnostics

      Who Should Attend

      The course is intended for new or intermediate practitioners in experimental plasma science and engineering and other gas processes who wish to learn the fundamentals of these diagnostic techniques or learn a new technique. The audience covers graduate students, test engineers, and research staff in government and industry.


      Dr. Kunning G. (Gabe) Xu is an associate professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His research focuses on low-temperature plasma science and engineering at low and high pressures.

      Dr. Earl Scime is the Oleg D. Jefimenko Professor of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University. Dr. Scime is a plasma physicist whose research includes projects in thermonuclear fusion, theoretical physics, space plasma physics, neurosciences, plasma thrusters, fundamental plasma science, plasma diagnostic development, and industrial plasma processing.

      Dr. Alexey Shashurin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University (MS’98 from Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia; PhD’08 from Tel Aviv University, Israel). His research is focused on the generation, diagnostics and applications of low-temperature plasmas.

      Dr. Chris Limbach is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University and obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2015. His research involves developing novel laser measurement techniques for high-speed, non-equilibrium flows and plasmas. He is also interested in applications of lasers and plasmas to gas and multi-phase ignition, assisted combustion and flow control.

      Dr. Azer Yalin is a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his PhD from Princeton University. His research focuses on laser-based diagnostics of gases and plasmas. Other interests include applications of lasers and plasmas to combustion and laser sensing for atmospheric science.

      Dr. Robert Lobbia is a Research Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He obtained his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan in 2010. His work focuses on experimental measurements of plasma in electric propulsion systems.

      Dr. Arthur Dogariu is a Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His research involves laser diagnostics for gas flows and plasmas. Other interests include remote sensing, nonlinear optics, and femtosecond spectroscopy.

      Dr. George Williams is an Aerospace Engineer in Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion at the NASA Glenn Research Center.  He has tailored and implemented optical diagnostics to characterize the near-field plasmas and surface erosion of ion and Hall effect thrusters and plumes of chemical thrusters. 

      Course Outline

      • Introduction
        • What is plasma, regimes of plasmas, plasma properties
        • Diagnostics overview
      • Optical Emission spectroscopy
        • Background
        • Corona models
        • Collisional radiative models
        • Equipment and applications
      • Laser induced fluorescence
        • Background
        • LIF for atoms
        • LIF for molecular gases
        • Equipment and applications
        • TALIF
      • CARS (Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy)
      • Laser Scattering
        • Background
        • Rayleigh scattering
        • Thomson scattering
        • Raman scattering
        • Equipment and applications
      • Cavity ring down spectroscopy (CRDS)
        • Background
        • CRDS for atoms
        • CRDS for molecules
        • Equipment and applications
      • Microwave interferometry
        • Background
        • Application to atmospheric pressure plasmas
        • Equipment and applications
      • Electrostatic probes
        • Background and theory
        • Application to electric propulsion
        • Probes in high Pressures
      • Other techniques

      Course Materials

      Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since these notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded. 

      Course Registration

      • Registration will open in September 2018.


      Please contact Jason Cole if you have any questions about courses and workshops at AIAA forums.

      Dates to Remember

      • Open for Abstract: 27 Mar 2019
      • Abstract Deadline: 11 Jun 2019
      • Manuscript Deadline: 02 Dec 2019
      • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 16 Dec 2019
      • Cancellation Deadline: 16 Dec 2019

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