Low Temperature Plasmas: from Space Propulsion to Plant Growth

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7 pm at Huntsville-Madison County Main Public Library Main Auditorium, with Gabe Xu, Professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Join HAL5 as we welcome Gabe Xu, who will discuss his research into plasma technology. Plasmas, the fourth state of matter, is ubiquitous in the known universe, but rarely appears naturally on Earth. Man-made plasmas have been harnessed to great advantage, primarily in the areas of material processing and semiconductor manufacturing. From an aerospace perspective, plasmas are also used in plasma thrusters for spacecrafts and satellites. But there are many more applications of plasmas now being studied and developed. This talk will present and overview of the breadth of low-temperature plasma applications from fusion, to propulsion, to food. Some examples from our work at UAH with collaborator will then be discussed in detail.

About Gabe Xu

Dr. Gabe Xu is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He obtained his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering conducting research on Hall effect thrusters for space propulsion. His current research covers a wide range of experimental plasma science and engineering including small plasma thrusters, magnetic nozzles for fusion propulsion, plasmas for laser gain, and plasma-biological treatments. He is an investigator in the state-wide NSF program in low-temperature plasmas and works with both industry and government in research and development.

The event is free and open to the public. A social will be held after the meeting.

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