What is plasma?
- May 12, 2009
About the AuthorAlec Gallimore is associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Engineering, and a member of the applied physics graduate program. From 2005-11, Professor Gallimore served as an associate dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies where he was the graduate school liaison to Michigan’s graduate programs in engineering, the physical sciences, and mathematics. Professor Gallimore's primary research interests include electric propulsion, plasma diagnostics, space plasma simulation, electrode physics, nano-particle energetics and hypersonic aerodynamics/plasma interaction. He has extensive design and testing experience with a number of electric propulsion devices including Hall thrusters, ion thrusters, RF thrusters, microwave thrusters, arcjets, 100-kW-class steady MPD thrusters and multimegawatt pulsed coaxial plasma accelerators. He has implemented a variety of probe, microwave, and optical/laser plasma diagnostics, and has graduated 35 PhD students and 11 MS students in the fields of electric propulsion and plasma physics. Professor Gallimore has written more than 300 archival journal articles and conference papers, and two book chapters. He also is director of the NASA-funded Michigan Space Grant Consortium and director of the Michigan/Air Force Center of Excellence in Electric Propulsion. He has served on a number of NASA and Department of Defense boards and studies, including being a member of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
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