One Project - Four Minds
As part of the talented student
program, we welcome four students who are currently studying second
year and third year physics in participating in research at Complex
Plasma Laboratory for 3 months period..
Michael Barwick (see image)
will be looking at the differences in the properties in cluster rotation
with different size particles (6.21 microns and 2.71 microns diameter
MF dust). This will be an extension of the cluster rotation project currently
being investigated here at CPL.
Cameron Ford (see image)
will be investigating in the stability of dust clusters in various experimental
conditions. This investigation not only can verify the current theory
on the prediction of the metastable state of cluster structural configuration,
moreover the magnitude of the interparticle force and hence the radial
electric field of confinement potential can be obtained in such analysis.
Nathan Page (see image)
will be performing simulations for our current explanation model on the
angular velocity saturation in cluster rotation. The result is important
as it will give us a better understanding of the nature of the driving
mechanism for crystal rotation.
And finally, as a collaboration work with the fusion
plasma project at the University of Sydney, Peter
Moore (see image) will
be working on a series of experment using dust particles as a diagnostic
tool to measure the conditions for electrostatic confinement plasma.
We will be reporting their investigation results after
this 3 months time.