Plasma Webinars

Motivated by the opportunity to learn first-hand from the authors of outstanding plasma physics research, the Editors of Physics of Plasmas will invite authors of recently published featured articles to present a webinar based on their paper.

Featured articles are selected by the Editors with input from referees and include novel and important research across the whole range of fundamental and applied plasma physics. Features in Plasma Physics webinars will occur monthly.

To view one of the upcoming webinars below, follow the Zoom Link here. Don't forget to use passcode: PLASMA20.


  • Alfvénic modes excited by the kink instability in PHASMA
    Earl Scime and Peiyun Shi, abstract
    [#s1322, 16 Jul 2021]
    Earl Scime is the Oleg D. Jefimenko Professor of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University (WVU). He currently serves as the Director of the School of Mathematical and Data Sciences at WVU and is a past Chair of the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics. He moved to WVU in 1994 from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was a DoE Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow. His research interests span fusion plasmas, space plasmas and industrial plasmas – with a cross-cutting focus on particle heating and velocity distribution function measurements. In 1992, he reported the first measurements of dynamo driven ion heating in the Madison Symmetric Torus. He has continued to measure particle velocity distributions in laboratory and space plasmas through a variety of diagnostic techniques including energetic neutral atom imaging, Thomson scattering, single photon laser induced fluorescence, cavity ring-down spectroscopy, and two-photon laser induced fluorescence. He has contributed to over 190 peer-reviewed publications and was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2011. He is also founder and head coach of the award-winning robotics team, Mountaineer Area Robotics, an internationally recognized high school robotics program. Peiyun Shi is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for KINETIC Plasma Physics at West Virginia University. He received his PhD in plasma physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2019. Presently, he works on the PHASMA (PHAse Space MApping experiment), a recently commissioned fundamental plasma physics facility designed to simulate and investigate space relevant plasma phenomena in the laboratory. His research focus is on measurements of electron dynamics in flux ropes and during magnetic reconnection at the kinetic scale. Using incoherent Thomson scattering he is able to measure details of the electron velocity distribution function as a function of time during flux rope evolution and mergers of flux ropes.
  • Wave trapping and E × B staircases, video
    [#s1293, 11 Jun 2021]
  • Efficacy of the radial pair potential approximation for molecular dynamics simulations of dense plasmas, video
    [#s1284, 14 May 2021]
  • Dynamics of seeded blobs under the influence of inelastic neutral interactions, video
    Alexander Simon Thrysøe, Phys. Plasmas 27, 052302 (2020)
    [#s1256, 23 Apr 2021]
  • An improved theory of the response of DIII-D H-mode discharges to static resonant magnetic perturbations and its implications for the suppression of edge localized modes, video
    Richard Fitzpatrick, Phys. Plasmas 27, 072501 (2020)
    [#s1257, 19 Mar 2021]
  • Magnetic reconnection and kinetic waves generated in the Earth's quasi-parallel bow shocks, video
    Li-Jen Chen and Naoki Bessho, Phys. Plasmas 27, 092901 (2020)
    [#s1254, 26 Feb 2021]
  • Symmetry tuning and high energy coupling for an Al capsule in a Au rugby hohlraum on NIF, video
    [#s1255, 22 Jan 2021]
  • For a full list of past colloquia, see the Features in Plasma Physics Webinar. webpage.
    [#s1261, 01 Jan 2020]