The Aerospace Plasma Group specializes in gas discharge and plasma physics phenomena, including their interaction with air and space-borne vehicles, and as technological solutions to different aerospace challenges. By combination of experimental, analytical, and numerical methods, the group’s work aims to transition from empiricism to design by analysis in disciplines that have traditionally relied on empiricism and testing (e.g., lightning strike protection of aircraft); and to facilitate the incorporation of plasma technologies in the aerospace field. Our current research interests include:(i) lightning discharge to aircraft, (ii) nonthermal plasma technologies for combustion and propulsion, and (iii) the physics of different gas discharge regimes and their transitions.

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Photo:Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering
Photo: Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering