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Welcome to PEPL

News and Highlights

July 2016: Congratulations to Kimberly Trent on successfully defending her dissertation and obtaining a PhD in Applied Physics.

May 2016: Congratulations to Chris Durot and Frans Ebersohn on successfully defending their dissertations, Marcel Georgin on successfully becoming a Ph.D. candidate, and Sarah Cusson on being awarded the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Also check out a new AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power article on mode transitions in a 6 kW Hall thruster due to changing magnetic field intensity with important implications on thruster performance.

February 2016: Great news this week from PEPL. Congratulations to Laboratory Director Alec Gallimore on being named the new Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan. This week it was also announced that the X3 was selected for the NextSTEP project to enable human exploration of Mars.

The PEPL Mission

The experimental and theoretical research program is guided by three goals:
  1. To make electric propulsion (EP) devices more efficient and of better performance
  2. To Understand spacecraft integration issues that could impede the widespread use of these devices on scientific, commercial, and military spacecraft
  3. To identify non-propulsion applications of EP systems (e.g., plasma processing, space-plasma simulation)
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