Welcome to the Plasma and Electrodynamics Research Lab (PERL) at the The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The lab is part of the Propulsion Research Center (PRC) and the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department. The lab was founded in 2012 under the direction of Prof. Gabe Xu. PERL conducts research in plasma physics and electromagnetics for propulsion, materials, combustion, biomedical, and energy. We are focused on understanding the fundamental physics and interactions of plasmas to create new applications for society.

The lab goals are:

1. Develop new plasma and propulsion technologies and applications.

2. Study, investigate, and understand fundamental plasma and high temperature gas phenomenon.

3. Train and develop students in research, science and engineering, and technical communications so they can make continued impact in the world.


spring 2024 perl group picture

Spring 2024 PERL group. (Left to Right: Ruthie Hill, Dr. Gabe Xu, Michaela Hemming, David Tutunzhiu, Ian Wagner, Andrew Walsten, Elena Dishman, Nageshwar Nagarajan, Jared Sauer, Neil Laya, Dr. Kirk Boehm, Dr. Bhagirath Ghimire, Tanya Tymoshevska, Aaron Applegate, Dr. Yunping Zhang, Olivia DeCaro, Cassandra Phoenix, Monica Salunkhe, Zachary White)