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 2023 perl group

Spring 2023 PERL group. (Left to Right: Zachary White, Dr. Yunping Zhang, Dr. Gabe Xu, Neil Laya, Andrew Walsten, Ruthie Hill, Dr. Bhagirath Ghimire, Ian Wagner, Nageshwar Nagarajan, Tanya Tymoshevska, Jared Sauer, Michaela Hemming, Garrett Cobb)