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Plasma Spacecraft Interactions


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Space and Planetary Sciences

RO# Location
13.40.01.B0183 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


Name E-mail Phone
Cooke, David L. 505.846.6150


We conduct studies of spacecraft-space plasma interactions and space plasma physics that include theory, space and laboratory experiments, data analysis, and computer modeling. Possible research topics include momentum coupling in magnetized plasmas; critical velocity ionization phenomenon; ionization and discharge processes; neutral and ionized gas interactions with ambient medium, high-voltage systems; and natural and induced spacecraft charging. We maintain facilities for computing and scientific visualization, supercomputer access, and multiple vacuum chambers with space plasma simulation capability.


Spacecraft atmospheres; Space plasmas; Ions and ionization processes;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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