Christopher Plechaty, PhD
Areas of Expertise
- Ionospheric physics
- Hypersonic plasma sheaths
- Plasma turbulence
- Laser physics
- Computational physics
- Z-pinch physics
- Radiation-hydrodynamic simulations
Background and Current Responsibilities
Dr. Christopher Plechaty serves as the lead plasma physics researcher for Riverside Research where he performs research in the areas of ionospheric physics, plasma-based photonic crystals, and plasma-based propulsion. While at Riverside Research, Dr. Plechaty has led fundamental research efforts and experiments aimed at understanding the role of turbulence in the ionosphere. He has also led the experimental efforts to investigate the role of turbulence in wire-ablation plasmas and has performed hybrid particle-in-cell simulations supporting the design of plasma-based photonic crystals.
Dr. Plechaty’s previous research efforts focused on using high-energy lasers and pulsed-power generators to improve the understanding of the solar wind and its potential damaging effect to satellites in orbit and its effect on Earth’s power grids. He also performed experiments using high-intensity lasers to develop an understanding of how material strength is affected by high pressures.
Education, Awards, and Recognition
Dr. Plechaty received his BS, MS, and PhD in physics from the University of Nevada, Reno. He performed his post-doctoral work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has authored or co-authored over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including two articles in Nature Physics.