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Modeling Tools for Plasmas in the Strongly-Coupled State

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-12-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number: F11B-T23-0158
Amount: $99,745.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF11-BT23
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5621 Arapahoe Ave, Suite A
Boulder, CO 80303-
United States
DUNS: 806486692
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter Stoltz
 Senior Scientist
 (720) 563-0336
Business Contact
 Laurence Nelson
Title: Controller
Phone: (720) 974-1856
Research Institution
 Muchigan State University
 Theresa Young
103 Natrual Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-8824
United States

 (517) 432-7165
 Nonprofit college or university

ABSTRACT: Strongly coupled plasmas are important to the Air Force for emerging applications including plasma opening switches, quantum information systems, ionospheric plasmas related to atmospheric explosions, and micro-plasma devices. Traditionally, researchers have used modeling and simulation with great success to help understand plasma behavior. However, present modeling tools usually assume that plasmas are in the weakly-coupled state. These assumptions include assuming that the number of particles in a Debye sphere is large, meaning that long-range effects are shielded out and are negligible. For strongly coupled plasmas, however, long-range forces can play a major role. Consequently, the Air Force needs new tools for simulating strongly coupled plasmas. One important part of developing any new computational tool is validating that tool against known experimental results. For strongly coupled plasmas, one of the most well-diagnosed examples is ultra-cold plasmas. Therefore, ultra-cold plasmas offer an excellent opportunity for benchmarking new numerical approaches. We plan to develop state-of-the-art tools for modeling strongly-coupled plasmas, with special application to ultra-cold plasmas. BENEFIT: Modeling of strongly-coupled plasmas will benefit the broad Department of Defense interest in atmospheric detonations and the effects on space-based assets, in quantum computing, and in micro-plasma devices for improving operations in extreme temperature and radiation environments.

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