Aerospace Laboratory for Plasma Experiments



The Aerospace Laboratory for Plasma Experiments (ALPE) is investigating the use of advanced plasma diagnostics for use in electric propulsion devices and extreme plasma conditions. Both optical and physical diagnostics and data analysis methods are being developed.

Laboratory Mission:

The goals of ALPE's experimental and theoretical research program are to:

1. Build physical and non-intrusiveplasma diagnostic tools to further the understanding of plasma phenomena and physics.

2. Establish a student group at WMU for building satellites 

3. Understand basic plasma physics

4. Research electric propulsion devices, methods, propellants, and spacecraft integration

5. Identify future directions for plasma research and applications, and lead the discovery process.