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.
The goals of ALPE's experimental and theoretical research program are to:
1. Build physical and non-intrusive plasma diagnostic tools to further the understanding of plasma phenomena and physics.
2. Understand basic plasma physics as it applies to spacecraft propulsion
3. Identify future directions for plasma research and applications and lead the discovery process.