Fourth State of Matter, Pulsed Power & Intense Microwaves!

Did you know that the Sun's solar flares are "Plasma Blasts", an area of Plasma Science studied by Electrical Engineers at UNM, and that High Energy Density Science is another area of study by UNM Electrical Engineers that looks at the behavior of matter regarding "astrophysical phenomena?"Through this event, students can get behind-the-scenes tours of cutting edge research being conducted by UNM's electrical engineering faculty:


Students will learn about Plasma Science, often described as the fourth state of matter, and view the Helicon Cathode (HelCat) device, one of four major helicons in the U.S. and uniquely suited for studying solar dynamics. This tour is led by Dr. Mark Gilmore, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of UNM's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department; and Dr. Dustin Fisher, Post-Doctoral Fellow in ECE working with Dr. Gilmore.  Professor Gilmore and Dr. Fisher will --

  • lead students on a tour of UNM's Fusion and Plasma Science Laboratory, located in the basement of ECE, to view the Helicon-Cathode (HelCat) device that supports a wide-range of plasma science experiments - the HelCat device is one that makes a "really big light";
  • share with students their research and real-world applications such as how their research helps astrophysicists better forecast solar weather, and fusion scientists better understand turbulence in fusion devices; and
  • talk to students about the field of electrical engineering.


Another topic in Plasma Science is High Power Microwaves. Students will learn about the technology used in creating high-power microwaves from Dr. Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of COSMIAC.  The topics of high-power microwaves and aspects of plasma science belong to the field of High Energy Density Science. High energy density science is the study of properties and behavior of matter and radiation at conditions of extreme temperature, pressure, or density, which must be understood to understand fusion energy experiments and high-energy astrophysical phenomena.

Professor Schamiloglu will --

  • lead students on a tour of the Pulsed Power, Beams and Microwaves Laboratory, located in the basement of ECE, to view the device or technology that creates high-power microwaves;
  • share with students his research and real-world applications; and
  • talk to students about the field of electrical engineering.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 2: to 3:30 pm


Students will meet in the lobby of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) - bldg. 46 on campus map

Registration Deadline: Jul 19, 2017

Event Details

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Instructor: Dr. Mark Gilmore, Dr. Dustin Fisher, and Dr. Edl Schamiloglu - ECE Department
Who can attend: Any undergraduate student-freshmen and sophomore students are encouraged to register.
Meet at: 2 to 3:30 pm
Location: Electrical & Computer Engineering Bldg (bldg. 46 on campus map)
What to bring: Your curiosity about science, technology, research and the field of electrical engineering!
Days: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 2 - 3:30 pm
Type: Workshop

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