MPRL operations

The laboratory is back in operation and is welcoming new and continuing users. We have updated our application page and are ready to accept new applications for run-time during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Covid-19 and HVAC Renovation

Due to the combination of Covid-19 restrictions and construction in the Leach Science Center, the MDPX device was shut down from Dec., 2020 to Jun., 2021.

We are pleased to announce that starting in early June, 2021 – we’ll begin the restart process. We hope to begin operations again by early July, 2021. Watch this space for new announcements!

MPRL images of of completed HVAC renovation in the Leach Science Center (May, 2021)

NEW – Anticipated Dept. of Energy Solicitation for time on MDPX

October 19, 2019 – DOE Office of Science Fusion Energy Sciences is anticipating to issue a targeted FOA and Lab Announcement in early 2020, subject to FY 2020 budget appropriation by Congress, to support frontier science experiments on one or more of the currently FES General Plasma Science (GPS) program supported collaborative research facilities or initiatives. These include Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF/LAPD) at UCLA, DIII-D Frontier Science Initiative at General Atomics, Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory (WiPPL/BRB/MST) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment at Auburn University, low-temperature Plasma Research Facility (PRF) at Sandia National Laboratories and Princeton Collaborative Research Facility (PCRF) at Princeton Plasma Physics laboratory. U.S. researchers whose experimental proposals were selected or have been selected for experimental runtime in any of these facilities are eligible to apply. For more information, please contact DOE Program Manager Nirmol Podder (

Presentations at APS-DPP

The MPRL group will be making contributed and invited presentations at the upcoming American Physical Society – Division of Plasma Physics meeting. Check them out:

Wednesday morning
B. DoyleNP10.00079 Impedance Probe Measurements in Dusty Plasma
E. AguirreNP10.00080 Ion Flows and Ion Temperature in Magnetized Dusty Plasmas
E. ThomasNP10.00081 Current research on the Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment (MDPX) device
S. LeBlancNP10.00082 Dust void formation within magnetized dusty plasmas
M. McKinlay NP10.00084 Investigations into the control of dust charge in complex plasmas
D. FunkNP10.00088 Charge Analysis techniques for Magnetized Dusty Plasma Flows
L. Scott NP10.00091 Investigating the Thermal Properties of a Complex Plasma
S. JaiswalNP10.00098 Modification of particle growth in a highly magnetized argon-acetylene plasma.
N. I. Arnold  NP10.00115 Optical emission diagnostics and modeling of H2-rich microwave plasmas containing B2-H6
Wednesday afternoon
T. HallQI3.00002 Microparticle Dynamics in the Presence of Externally Imposed, Ordered Structures in a Magnetized Low-Temperature Plasma
S. WilliamsPP10.00042 Filamentation in Capacitively Coupled Magnetized Plasmas
Thursday afternoon
M. MenatiUO4.00013 Pattern formation and filamentation in low-pressure, low-temperature magnetized plasmas: A descriptive model