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 applications to benefit society.
2. Study, investigate, and understand fundamental plasma phenomenon to gain predictive understanding of the physics.


spring 2022 perl group picture

Spring 2022 PERL group. (Left to Right: Dr. Bhagirath Ghimire, Josie Hodges, Jayashree Paudel, Garrett Cobb, Allison Lentz, Sydney Miller, Nageshwar Nagarajan, Jared Sauer, Nao Murata, Neil Laya, Ian Wagner, Andrew Walsten, Zachary White, Ruthie Hill, Michaela Hemming, Declan Brick, Dr. Gabe Xu)


Open Positions

PERL is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral researcher on a DOE project to conduct sub-scale laboratory studies relevant to the plasma-jet driven magneto-inertial fusion (PJMIF) concept. The project is in collaboration with Los Alamos National Lab and their Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX). The project will study the interaction between the magnetized gas plasma with a high velocity plasma jet. The former will be produced from a Nd:YAG laser target plasma in a pulsed high strength magnetic field. The plasma jet will be formed with a coaxial plasma gun. The postdoc will mainly be responsible for and lead the experimental portion of the project, with a complementary computational effort done by another UAH faculty. The position is funded for 3-years starting January 2023. See the advertisement for more information and application instructions.