Welcome to the Laboratory of Computational Plasma Physics (LCPP), a research group based at the University of Illinois dedicated to advancing the frontiers of Plasma Physics and Plasma Chemistry through cutting-edge theoretical and computational models.

Our Mission

At LCPP, our mission is to develop and refine predictive simulation capabilities that can tackle complex challenges in both fusion energy systems and industrial applications. By leveraging high-performance computing machines, we aim to push the boundaries of what is possible in plasma research, contributing to breakthroughs that can revolutionize energy production, manufacturing processes, and material science in extreme environments.

Our Research

Our work spans a diverse array of applications:

Plasma Material Interactions in Fusion Energy Systems: We develop advanced and accurate models to understand and optimize the behavior of hot plasmas interacting with plasma facing components at the edges of magnetic fusion reactors, crucial for achieving sustainable and efficient fusion energy.

Industrial Plasmas: Our research helps in the design and enhancement of industrial processes that rely on plasma technologies, from semiconductor manufacturing to materials processing.

Material Science under Extreme Environments: Studying the interaction of plasmas with materials exposed to extreme conditions, which is vital for developing durable and efficient materials for high-stress applications.

Our Approach

High-Performance Computing: Utilizing state-of-the-art supercomputers to perform large-scale simulations that provide detailed insights into plasma behavior.

Multi-Physics Multi-Scale Models: Integrating various physical processes and scales into cohesive models to capture the complexity of real-world plasma systems.

Artificial Intelligence: Applying AI techniques to develop reduced-order models, enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of simulations and enabling predictive capabilities.

Our Team

The LCPP is comprised of a diverse group of researchers, including faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students, all working collaboratively to push the boundaries of knowledge in computational plasma physics. Our team brings together expertise in plasma theory, computational modeling, and high-performance computing, creating a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment. The Laboratory of Computational Plasma Physics is an interactive environment for sharing new ideas and conducting research from a diverse group, with respect for all participants without regard to gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other aspect of how we identify ourselves. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive atmosphere where everyone can thrive.

Collaborations and Impact

We actively collaborate with academic institutions, national laboratories, and industry partners to ensure our research has real-world impact. Our work not only contributes to scientific knowledge but also supports technological advancements in energy, manufacturing, and materials science.

Join Us

We are always looking for motivated individuals to join our team. Whether you are a prospective student, researcher, or collaborator, we invite you to explore the opportunities at the Laboratory of Computational Plasma Physics. Together, we can drive innovation and make significant contributions to the field of plasma physics.

Research Methods

  • Boltzmann solvers using Continuum and Statistical Methods
  • Particle-in-Cells optimized for High-Performance Computing
  • Multi-species plasmas with complex Chemistry evolution
  • Monte Carlo methods for Plasma Transport
  • Ion-matter interaction, with focus on material erosion, ion implantation,
    and back-scattering during plasma exposure
  • Multi-physics and multi-scale Code Coupling

Engineering Applications

  • Plasma Surface Interactions
  • Edge Plasmas (tokamaks, stellarators)
  • Laser ablated plasmas
  • Plasma Sources (Helicons, ICPs, CCP)
  • Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Plasma Thrusters