Nagendra Singh, Ph.D.

Nagendra SinghDistinguished Professor Emeritus
Electrical & Computer Engineering


1970   Ph.D.    Electrical Engineering, California Inst. of Technology
1967   M.S.     Electrical Engineering, California Inst. of Technology
1966   B. Tech Electrical Engineering, Indian Inst. of Technology, Kanpur, India


 Dr. Singh has nearly 30 years of experience in numerical modeling and simulation of electromagnetic and plasma systems. He has richly contributed to the field of space plasma research through particle simulation of complex plasma processes such as antennas in plasmas, formation of electric double layers, waves and instabilities, large-scale plasma flow and charging of spacecrafts. His most recent works have been on development of a 3-D plasma codes for satellite-plasma interactions in NASA’s tether project, and nonlinear evolution of waves in space plasmas; the codes employ the particle-in-cell method. The 3-D code was recently parallelized. Dr. Singh has recently developed a code for studying dynamical behavior of photorefractive materials used in nonlinear optics. He has also developed 1- and 2-D particle-in-cell codes for liquid crystal devices having widespread applications in displays.

Research Expertise

  • Numerical modeling and simulation of electromagnetic and plasma systems

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Professor Award, UAH College of Engineering, 1994.
  • UAH Foundation Award for Research and Creative Achievement, 1996.
  • Outstanding Professor Award, UAH College of Engineering, 2005.
  • Outstanding Educator, IEEE / Huntsville Section, 2006.

Recent Publications

Singh, N., S. Rao and P. Ranganath, Waves generated in the plasma plume of helicon magnetic nozzle, Phys. Plasmas, 20, 032111, 2013.

Singh, N.,Propagation and dispersion of whistler waves generated by fast reconnection onset, Phys. Plasmas, 20, 022106, 2013.

Dong, C. and N. Singh, Ion pseudoheating by low-frequency Alfvén waves revisited, Phys. Plasmas, 20, 012121, 2013.

Singh, N., Evolution of an electron current layer prior to reconnection onset, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 145001 (2012).

Singh, N., Plasma turbulence driven by transversely large-scale standing shear Alfvén waves, Phys. Plasmas, 19, 093507, 2012.

Rao, S., and N.Singh, Numerical simulations of current-free double layers in Helicon Plasma Device, Phys. Plasmas,19, 093507, 2012.

Singh, N., S. Rao, Plasma turbulence driven by transversely large-scale standing shear Alfvén waves, Phys. Plasmas, 19, 122303, 2012.

Singh, N., Comment on ‘‘Oblique Double Layers: A Comparison between Terrestrial and Auroral Measurements," Phys. Rev. Letters, 106, 079501, 2011.

Singh, N. S. Araveti, and E. B. Wells (2011), Mesoscale PIC simulation of double layers and electron holes affecting parallel and transverse accelerations of electrons and ions, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A00K09, doi:10.1029/2010JA016323.

Singh, N. (2011), Whistler Mode Based Explanation for the Fast Reconnection Rate Measured in the MIT Versatile Toroidal Facility, Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 245003.

Singh, N. and S. Araveti (2011), Can Plasma Expansion Explain the Observed Acceleration of Ne7+ Ions in a Coronal Magnetic Funnel?, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 733:L6.

Singh, N. (2011), Current-free double layers: A review, Physics of  Plasmas,  18, 122105.

Singh, N., Manish Yeladandi, Trinath Somarothu, and B. E. Wells, Features of Electron Current Layers: Comparison between 3D PIC Simulations and Cluster Observations, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A04203, doi:10.1029/2009JA0146012010.

Singh, N. (2009), Fast reconnection rate in electron-positron plasma based on group velocity cones of inertial Alfven waves,  Europhysics Lett., 87, 19001, doi:10.1209/0295-5075/85/87/19001.

Singh, N., “Whistler regime reconnection rates”, Europhysics Lett., Vol. 85 No. 4 doi:10.1209/0295-5075/85/49003, March 2009.

Singh, N., K. Arcot, and B. E. Wells (2009), Parallel electric fields in mixing hot and cold plasmas in the auroral downward current region: Double layers and ambipolar fields, J. Geophys. Res., 114, A03209, doi:10.1029/2008JA013591, March 2009.

Khazanov, Igor and N. Singh, Transversely localized shear Alfvén waves in resonance cones, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 50, 074006 doi: 10.1088/0741-3335/50/7/074006, July 2008.

Singh, N., G. Khazanov and A. Mukhter, Electrostatic wave generation and transverse ion acceleration by   Alfvenic wave components of broadband extremely low frequency turbulence, J. Geophys. Res., 112, A06210, doi: 10.1029/2006JA011933, June 8, 2007.

Singh, N., Interpretation of solar wind reconnection exhaust in terms of kinetic Alfvén wave group-velocity cones,Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L13106, doi:10.1029/GL030299, 2007.

Khazanov, Igor and N. Singh, Ion and Electron Accelerations by Large-Scale Shear Alfvén Waves Via  Cross-Field Instabilities, Geophys, Res. Lett.,  doi:10.1029/ 2007GL031444, 2007.

Singh, N., Group Velocity Cones in Diverging Magnetic Reconnection Structures, Jour. Geophys. Res.   112, A07209, doi:10.1029/2006JA012219, 2007.

Coffey V. N., M. O. Chandler, N. Singh, L. Avanov, End-to-End Study of the Transfer of Energy from Magnetosheath Ion Precipitation to the Cusp, J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 69, 50-55, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2006.07.015, 2007.

Singh, N., I. Khazanov, Scattering of Long Wavelength Shear Alfvén Waves by a Localized Density Cavity,Geophys Res. Lett. 34, L05102, doi: 10.1029/2006GL028831, 2007.

Singh, N., Mapping of Poynting flux and widths of inertial Alfvén wave structures in high-latitude plasmas, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A06215, doi:10.1029/2005JA011571, 2006.