Graduate Students in the Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group

Zack Barfield

Zach Barfield

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Atrophysics 2018 from SUNY Geneseo
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Heat Transport in High Magnetic Fields
Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Atrophysics 2012 from St. Cloud State University
Technical Advisor: Dr. Dan Haberberger
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Ultrafast Electron Temperature Measurements in Raman Amplification Experiments
Philip Franke

Philip Franke

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics in 2016 from the University of Texas at Austin
Technical Advisor/Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Measuring the Dynamics of Nonlinear Electron Plasma Waves with Thomson Scattering
Aaron Hansen

Aaron Hansen

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics in 2015 from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
Technical Advisor/Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Nonlinear Cross-Beam Energy Transfer Measurements
Steven Kostick

Steven Kostick

Technical Entrepreneur and Management
B.S. Biophysics in 2019 from SUNY Geneseo
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Ambat Manfred

Manfred Virgil Ambat

Mechanical Engineering Department
B. S. Electrical Engineering/Computer Sciences and Nuclear Engineering in 2019 from the University of California at Berkeley
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Max McKie

Max McKie

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics in 2019 from University of Arizona
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Avi Milder

Avi Milder

Physics and Astronomy Department
B.S. Physics & Math in 2015 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Technical Advisor/Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis title: Measurements of the Langdon Effect Using Novel Collective Thomson Scattering
Somto Nwabunwanne

Soumtochukwu (Somto) Nwabunwanne

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Masters Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2013
from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 2007
from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Technical Advisor: Prof. William Donaldson

Graduated Students from the Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group

Sara Bucht

Sara Bucht

Physics and Astronomy Department
M.S. Physics 2015 from the University of Rochester
B.S. Physics 2010 from the University of Puget Sound
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Technical Advisor: Dr. Dan Haberberger/Dr. Jake Bromage
Robert Henchen

Robert Henchen

Mechanical Engineering Department
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering in 2018 from University of Rochester
B.A. Mathematics, B.A. Physics 2011 from SUNY Geneseo
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis: Direct Measurements of Nonlocal Heat Flux in Laser-Produced Coronal Plasmas using Thomson Scattering from Electron-Plasma Waves
Yiming Zhao

Yiming Zhao

Materials Science
Ph.D. Materials Science in 2018 from University of Rochester
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2012
from Central South University, China
Advisor: Prof. William Donaldson
Thesis: AlGaN Metal-Semiconductor-Metal UV Photodetectors
Collin Stillman

Collin Stillman

National Nuclear Security Administration Fellow
Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy in 2018 from University of Rochester
B.A. Physics in 2013 from SUNY Geneseo
Technical Advisor: Dr. Phil Nilson
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis: High-Energy-Density Radiative and Material Properties Studies using Picosecond X-ray Spectroscopy
Amanda Davis

Amanda Davis

Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy in 2017 from University of Rochester
B.S. Engineering Physics 2012 from the University of Arizona
Technical Advisor: Dr. Tomline Michel
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis: Laser Ablation and Hydrodynamic Coupling in Direct-Drive Inertial-Confinement-Fusion Experiments
Brent Plansinis

Brent Plansinis

Ph.D. Optics in 2017 from University of Rochester
B.S. Physics 2011 from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Technical Advisor: Prof. William Donaldson
Academic Advisor: Prof. Govind Agrawal
Thesis: Applications of Space-Time Duality
Russ Follett

Russ Follett

Research Assistant, Laboratory for Laser Energetics,
University of Rochester

Ph.D Physics in 2015 from University of Rochester
B.S. Physics in 2008 from Colorado State University
Technical Advisor/Academic Advisor: Prof. Dustin Froula
Thesis: The Multiple-Beam Two-Plasmon-Decay Instability