Past Graduates

Where can you go with experience in plasmas, pulsed power, and microwaves?

Some of our recent graduates, and their current (or last known) positions:

NameThesisYearEmployerGraduate Advisor(s)
Drew PackardInnovative Crossed-Field Devices for the Generation of High Power Microwaves2021RaytheonR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Abhijit JassemAnalysis of Non-Uniform Cathode Emission and Backward Wave Oscillations in a Traveling Wave Tube2021NiowaveY.Y. Lau
Paul CampbellStability and Power Coupling in Dynamic Screw Pinch Plasmas2020Lawrence Livermore National LabR.D. McBride
Foivos AntoulinakisA Study of some Contemporary Issues in Electron Devices: Electrical Contact, Heating and Amplifier Stability2020Los Alamos National LabY.Y. Lau
Steven ExelbyRecirculating Planar Crossed-Field Amplifiers2019Air Force Research LabR.M. Gilgenbach
Patrick WongA Contemporary Study in the Theory of Traveling-Wave Tubes2018Michigan State UniversityY.Y. Lau
David Yager-ElorriagaHelical Instabilities in Magnetized Cylindrical Liner-Plasmas2017Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Geoffrey GreeningMulti-Frequency Recirculating Planar Magnetrons2017CPI IndustriesR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Adam SteinerThe Electrothermal Instability on Pulsed Power Ablations of Thin Foils2016Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
David SimonEquilibrium and Stability of the Brillouin Flow in Recirculating Planar Magnetron2016Air Force Research LabY.Y. Lau
Sonal PatelOptical Spectroscopy and Magnetic Field Profile Measurements on the Self Magnetic Pinch Diode2016Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
Matthew WeisMagneto-Rayleigh-Taylor Instability: theory and simulation in planar and cylindrical pulsed power targets2015Sandia National LabsY.Y. Lau
Matthew FranziRelativistic Recirculating Planar Magnetrons2014Air Force Research LabR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Ian RittersdorfEffects of Random Manufacturing Errors on the Performance of Contemporary Coherent Radiation Sources2013Naval Research LabY.Y. Lau
Peng ZhangEffects of Surface Roughness on Electrical Contact, RF Heating and Field Enhancement2012Michigan State UniversityY.Y. Lau
Edward CruzPeer-to-Peer Magnetron Locking2011FM TechnologiesR.M. Gilgenbach
Jacob ZierAblation Dynamics and Instabilities of Metallic Plasmas Generated Using Mega-Ampere-Scale Current Drivers2010Naval Research LabR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
David FrenchInvestigations of Novel Configurations for High Power Microwave Generation2010Lam ResearchR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Matthew R. GomezExperimental Examination of Plasma Formation and Current Loss in Post-Hole Convolutes2010Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
Brad HoffMagnetic Priming of a Relativistic Magnetron2009Air Force Research LabR.M. Gilgenbach
Wilken TangTheoretical Analysis of Some Contemporary Issues on Wire-Array Z-Pinch2009Air Force Research LabY.Y. Lau
Nicholas JordanLaser Fabrication of High-K Dielectrics for High Current Cathodes2007University of Michigan

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Phongphaeth PengvanichTheory of injection locking and rapid start-up of magnetrons, and effects of manufacturing errors in terahertz traveling wave tubes2007Chulalongkorn UniversityY.Y. Lau
Trevor StricklerAzimuthal Wire Motion and Ablation Dynamics in Z-Pinches2006Rice UniversityR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Allen L. GarnerElectrical pulse induced biological effects using dielectric spectroscopy and mathematical models2006Purdue UniversityY.Y. Lau
William WhiteRF Priming of a Long-Pulse Relativistic Magnetron2005Verus TechnologyR.M. Gilgenbach
Yoshiteru HidakaExperimental and Simulational Studies of the University of Michigan Large ECR Source as an Electron Propulsion Neutralizer2005Brookhaven National LabR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
David JordanUltrawideband Electrochemotherapy2005Case Western Reserve UniversityR.M. Gilgenbach
Michael JonesCathode Priming of Relativistic Magnetrons2005Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
V. Bogdan NeculaesMagnetron magnetic Priming for Rapid Startup and Noise Reduction2005General Electric LightingR.M. Gilgenbach
Anthony R. ValenzuelaRelativistic free electrons in an intense laser field: Experimental observations of optically-induced deflection of an ultrashort electron beam2005Los Alamos National LabY.Y. Lau and D. Umstadter
Richard D. KowalczykA klystron study: Intermodulation suppression and beam loading of cavities2005L-3 Communications Electron DevicesY.Y. Lau
Mark JohnstonIonization Dynamics of a Single Wire Z-Pinch2004Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
Fei HeInteractions of free electrons with an ultra intense laser2004 Y.Y. Lau and D. Umstadter
Herman BosmanInvestigation of failure mechanisms in high-power microwave transmission windows2004S. African AtomicY.Y. Lau
Michael LopezExperiments on a Relativistic Magnetron Driven by a Microsecond Electron Beam Accelerator with a Ceramic Insulating Stack2003Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
Bo QiAblation Plasma Ion Implantation2002Applied Materials Corp.R.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Rex AndersonMultipactor experiment on a dielectric surface2001General ElectricY.Y. Lau and M.L. Brake
Craig WilsenTheory of intermodulation in high power microwave amplifiers2001L-3 Communications Electron DevicesY.Y. Lau
Christopher PetersTime-Frequency Analysis of High Power Microwave Sources2000Drexel UniversityR.M. Gilgenbach and W.J. Williams
William CohenOptical Spectroscopy and Effects of Plasma in High Power Microwave Gyrotron Experiments2000General Electric LightingR.M. Gilgenbach
Reginald JaynesGeneration of High Power Microwaves in a Large Orbit Coaxial Gyrotron2000RaytheonW.D. Getty and R.M. Gilgenbach
August ValfellsMultipactor Discharge: Frequency Response, Suppression, and Relation to Window Breakdown2000University of IcelandY.Y. Lau
Scott KovaleskiDynamics of Electron Beam Ablation1999University of MissouriR.M. Gilgenbach
Lay-Kee AngLaser-Surface Interaction: Energy Absorption and Surface Structures1999Singapore UniversityY.Y. Lau
Joshua RintamakiEffects of RF plasma Processing on the Impedance and Electron Emission properties of a MV Beam Diode1998General Electric LightingR.M. Gilgenbach
Jonathan HochmanMicrowave Emission of Large and Small Orbit Rectangular Gyrotron Devices1998RaytheonR.M. Gilgenbach
Rami A. KishekInteraction of Multipactor Discharge and RF Structures1997University of MarylandY.Y. Lau
Joseph SchumerOptimized 1D-1V Vlasov-Poisson Simulations Using Fourier-Hermite Spectral Discretizations1997Naval Research LabJ.P. Holloway
John E. FosterAn Investigation of the Influence of a Transverse Magnetic Field on the Formation of Large Anode Fall Voltages in Low-Pressure Arcs1996University of MichiganA.D. Gallimore
Joel S. LashIonization Dynamics of Laser Ablation and a Laser-Ablation-Assisted-Plasma-Discharge Ion Source1996Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
John W. LuginslandDesign Considerations in a Novel Two-beam Accelerator1996Air Force Office of Scientific ResearchY.Y. Lau
Peggy J. ChristensonEquilibrium, Stability, and Turbulence in Cycloidal Electron Flows in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields1996Sandia National LabsY.Y. Lau
Youfan LiuAn Analysis of Emission Characteristics and Intrinsic Beam Quality of Field Emitter1995Dow CorningY.Y. Lau
Peter R. MengeExperimental excitation and reduction of the beam breakup instability in long-pulse electron beam transport1993Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach and Y.Y. Lau
Patricia LopezMicrowave Reflectometry: Observing Density Layer Motion in the Microwave Tokamak Experiment1993 M.L. Brake and R.M. Gilgenbach
Thomas SpencerHigh Current, Long-Pulse Gyrotron-Backward-Wave Oscillator Experiments1991Department of DefenseR.M. Gilgenbach
Peter L.G. VentzekThe Hydrodynamics of Excimer Laser Ablation Processing of Materials in Vacuum and Gases1991 R.M. Gilgenbach
Steven W. BidwellInteraction of Long Pulse Electron Beams with Gases and Flames1989 R.M. Gilgenbach
Joel D. MillerTransport of Long-Pulse Relativistic Electron Beams in Preformed Plasma Channels in the Ion Focus Regime1989 R.M. Gilgenbach
David WhaleyMultiply-Charged Ion Emission from a Cyclotron-Resonance-Heated Plasma Ion Source1989L-3 CommunicationsW. Getty and R.M. Gilgenbach
Michael CuneoCharacterization of the Time-Evolution of a Microsecond Electron Beam Diode with Anode Effects1989Sandia National LabsR.M. Gilgenbach
Robert F. LuceyLong-Pulse Relativistic Electron Beam Generation and Propagation in Gases and in UV Laser Ionized Channels1988 R.M. Gilgenbach
Ronnie ShepherdThe Measurement of the Resistivity and Study of the Dynamics of a Cold, Dense Plasma Created in a Capillary Discharge1987Lawrence Livermore National LabR.M. Gilgenbach
John BooskeWhistler Mode Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating and Emission in a Magnetic Mirror Plasma1985University of WisconsinR.M. Gilgenbach
Lorne D. HortonHydrodynamics of Gas Channels Formed by Lasers and Guided Discharges1985 R.M. Gilgenbach
Paul D. WeberA Study of the 10 cm DuoPIGatron as a Source of Intermediate and High Mass Particle Beams1984 R.M. Gilgenbach