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Mark Kushner appointed to advisory board for DoE National Lab

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Mark Kushner, George I. Haddad Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been appointed to the advisory board for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) for a four-year term. He is one of five members of the advisory board.

PPPL is a U.S. Department of Energy funded research center established for collaborative work in fusion energy research. The lab employs 454 full-time individuals, 38 graduate students, and last year its operating budget was approximately $86M. PPPL’s vision is to enable “a world powered by safe, clean and plentiful fusion energy while leading discoveries in plasma science and technology.”

Prof. Kushner’s research area is low temperature plasmas, their fundamental properties, their interaction with surfaces and their technological applications. His Computational Plasma Science and Engineering Group (CPSEG) develops computer simulations of low temperature plasmas and technologically important devices which use low temperature plasmas. He has courtesy appointments in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, and the Applied Physics Program.

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Prof. Kushner adds this responsibility to his current leadership roles as director of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE), and director of the Department of Energy Plasma Science Center. This DoE Center for Predictive Control of Plasma Kinetics: Multi-phase and Bounded Systems is enabling fundamental research on low-temperature plasmas. It is expected that this research could lead to more efficient solar cells, finer-featured microchips and new medical tools that cut and heal tissues with plasma-activated chemistry.

Since 2007, Prof. Kushner has been Editor-in-Chief of Plasma Sources, Science and Technology. He is a fellow of several professional societies, including IEEE, OSA, APS, AVS, and the Institute of Physics, and has received numerous professional awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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