Plasma Research Lab, RSPhysSEE-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australian National University
ACT 0200, AUSTRALIA
1996 Doctor of Philosophy
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Thesis title: Computational Studies of an Asymmetric RF Plasma using Particle-in-Cell Techniques
Supervisor: Dr. R. Boswell
1996: Laboratory supervisor in 1st Year Physics Labs.
Australian National University
1997: Tutor and Laboratory Supervisor 3rd Year Engineers Designed and ran computer-based lab classes for semicondutor course, using Matlab.
University of California, Berkley Campus
Jan 1990 - March 1990
Collaborative project with researchers from the Electronics Research Lab, involving simulations of rf discharges in symmetric and assymmetric geometry.
University of Sydney
Dec 1993 - Feb 1995
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Theoretical Physics Department. Project involved computational modelling a variety of laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. Studies included:
Australian National University
March 1995 - August 1995
Employed in a joint project between the ANU Supercomputing Facility and the fusion group in the Plasma Research Lab. Project involved working on a 3D ray-tracing code used to model flux surfaces in the H-1 heliac. This code could also follow particle trajectories and guiding centre motion. Substantial updating of the coding syntax and format was carried out, and new routines were written to improve performance, with an increase in speed of x20 being obtained. An instruction manual was written to describe the operation of the code.
November 1995 - November 1997
Employed as a Research Scientist in the Space Plasma and Plasma Processing Group in the Plasma Research Lab. The project involved a comprehensive study of non-equilibrium conditions in low pressure, low temperature radio-frequency plasmas, in particular an extensive examination of the fundamental physics governing plasma formation and decay. Some of the research included:
Other projects included developing a detailed model of an rf matching network which was incorporated in a 1D Particle-in-Cell simulation, to study the interaction between the external circuit impedance and the developing plasma impedance.
December 1997 - September 1997
Employed (part-time) by the fusion group to develop a ray-tracing code for the H-1 Heliac. The code will trace the path of a microwave beam through the reactor system, and look at power deposition from the beam into the plasma electrons (Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating) . This code will be used to determine physical parameters for the gyrotron to be installed on H-1 later this year.
Continuing projects on pulsing rf discharges and simulating realistic matching networks.
H.B. Smith, C. Charles and R.W. Boswell, "Pulsing a low pressure, radiofrequency discharge", JSME, Special Issue of Fluids Engineering, to be published, May 1998.
H.B. Smith, C. Charles and R.W. Boswell, "Charging of the blocking capacitor in an asymmetric radiofreqency plasma" J. Appl. Phys. 82, 561-565 (1997).
D.Vender, H.B. Smith and R.W. Boswell "Simulations of multipactor-assisted breakdown in radio frequency plasmas" J. Appl. Phys. 80, 4292-4298 (1996)
P.A. Robinson, H.B. Smith and R.M. Winglee "Bursty wave instabilites in open driven plasmas" Phys. Rev. Lett. 76 , 3558-3561 (1996).
D.R. McKenzie, W.D. McFall, H. Smith, B. Higgins, R.W. Boswell, A. Durandet, B.W. James, I.S. Falconer "High pressure phases produced by low energy ion implantation with reference to cubic boron nitride" Nucl. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. B 106, 90-95 (1995)
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