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This laboratory, centered in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University, is led by Walter Lempert, Igor Adamovich, J. William Rich, and Vish Subramaniam. It has developed into a major center for experimental and theoretical research into fluids with substantial thermal mode and/or chemical disequilibrium, with an emphasis on aerospace and industrial applications, such as high-speed flow control, plasma-assisted combustion, molecular gas lasers, and plasma material processing.

The focus of the laboratory is on the physics of engineering environments such as electric discharges in gases, high temperature gas dynamic flows, gas lasers, and plasma chemical reactors. The work of the laboratory spans very basic studies of molecular energy transfer and chemical kinetics to the development of novel plasma chemical processes, special purpose gas lasers, and predictive models for the flow around aerospace vehicles. Emphasis is on collision-dominated, high density systems with vibrational and electronic mode disequilibrium.

Several recent presentations below summarize some of key research areas at NETL:

Diagnostics and Modeling of Plasma Assisted Combustion Kinetics (by Igor V. Adamovich and Walter R. Lempert): Seminar at Ecole Centrale Paris, July 3, 2014

Nanosecond Pulse Ionization Wave Discharges on Liquid Surfaces: Discharge Development and Plasma Chemistry (by Igor V. Adamovich, Sergey Leonov, and Vitaly Petrishchev): Seminar at Ecole Polytechnique Paris, July 1, 2014

Experimental characterization of energy transfer in nonequilibrium plasmas and high-speed flows using optical diagnostics (by Igor V. Adamovich, Walter R. Lempert, and J. William Rich): invited talk at the 28th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, July 9-13, 2012, Zaragoza, Sapin

Nanosecond pulse surface discharges for high-speed flow control (by Igor V. Adamovich, Jesse Little, Munetake Nishihara, Keisuke Takashima, and Mo Samimy): AIAA Paper 2012-3137 (invited), 6th AIAA Flow Control Conference, 25-28 June 2012, New Orleans, LA

Nonequilibrium Gas Dynamics: Understanding of High-Speed Flows at Strong Energy Mode Disequilibrium (by Igor V. Adamovich): Seminar at the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, January 28, 2008

Plasma Assisted Ignition and High-Speed Flow Control: Non-Thermal and Thermal Effects (by Igor V. Adamovich, Walter R. Lempert, J. William Rich, and Mo Samimy): Invited lecture at 19th Europhysics Conference on the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Ionized Gases, Granada Spain, 15-19 July 2008

Thermal Mode Nonequilibrium in Gas Dynamics and Plasma Flows (by J. William Rich): AIAA 2008 Plasmadynamics and Lasers Lecture, AIAA 39th Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, Seattle, WA, June 25 2008