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Since Lily Daneshmand ’23 (Chardon, Ohio) arrived on campus in the fall of 2019, she has more than lived like a Rickey Scholar.

Her latest achievement comes now as she is one of the presenters at the 64th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics in Spokane, Washington. The meeting opened on Monday 17 October and continues until Friday 21 October.

“There are about 2,000 people attending this conference across the country and even overseas,” she says. “I am very pleased to be able to submit a poster about the research project I worked on with Dr. Joseph Smith for my cornerstone.

His research focuses on computational studies of high-intensity laser-matter interactions. To be more specific, she examines dimensionality effects on laser-accelerated ions over a wide range of laser intensities in particle simulations in 1D, 2D, and 3D cells, which are commonly used to study these interactions.

“These studies are important because while three-dimensional simulations can most accurately model these interactions, they are extremely computationally expensive, so many researchers choose to use lower-dimensional simulations for their studies instead,” she says. “Thus, it is important to understand the differences between three-dimensional simulations and their lower-dimensional counterparts so that we can use these simulations most effectively.”

Daneshmand began research last spring as part of its Senior Capstone project.

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