Mentor: Dr. Subrata Roy
College of Engineering
"I hope to learn more about the skills and techniques required to conduct research at the university level. I feel that the University Scholar's Program provides an opportunity to achieve this as an undergraduate student. My primary goal during the program is to not only learn more about plasma simulation techniques but also produce publishable quality results."
Nuclear Engineering/ Physics
Anderson Scholar (2011)
General Engineering Scholarship Recipient (2011)
President's Honor Roll UF Scholar's Program (2012-2013)
Princeton Plasma Undergraduate Fellowship Recipient
American Nuclear Society
Golden Key Honor Society
Hobbies and Interests
Plasma Model Comarison
Glow discharges are of fundamental importance to a variety of industrial applications such as plasma processing, discharge lighting and plasma chemistry. Therefore, a detailed understanding of the physical phenomena that occur within glow discharges is necessary for further advances in design and optimization of relevant plasma applications. Of the various plasma modeling approaches, most use either a fluid approximation, kinetic (particle) approach, or a hybrid extended fluid model. Although each method has its own set of unique advantages, recent advances in hybrid techniques have shown unique promise to maintain computational efficiency and accuracy. The validity of assumptions within the fluid and hybrid models will be established by direct comparison with results obtained using an electrostatic direct implicit particle-in-cell code (EDIPIC). The accuracy of these assumptions will also be explored within each region of a typical glow discharge and relevant theory will be discussed to explain these results.